What does the word commandant mean?

Usage examples for commandant

  1. He did so, and held the door wide for the Commandant to enter. – The Hour and the Man An Historical Romance by Harriet Martineau
  2. This was at first a dirty and disagreeable place; though supposed to be in some measure for convalescents, it was always a struggle to get so much as a wash there; but under a better commandant it was improved later on. – A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still