flag officer

noun
1.
a naval officer above the rank of captain, as a fleet admiral, admiral, vice-admiral, rear admiral, or commodore, who is entitled to display a flag indicating his or her rank.
2.
(formerly) an officer in command of a fleet, squadron, or group of ships.

Origin:
1655–65

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flag officer
 
n
1.  an officer in certain navies of the rank of rear admiral or above and entitled to fly its flag
2.  the head of a boat or yacht club

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She has accommodations for a flag officer and staff.
To receive testimony on general and flag officer requirements.
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