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commissioned officer

a military or naval officer holding rank by commission.
Origin of commissioned officer
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But I returned his salute just as stiffly as though I were a commissioned officer myself.

    Captain Macklin Richard Harding Davis
  • Say 'sir,' always, when addressing a commissioned officer or a citizen.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks H. Irving Hancock
  • In looking around for a regimental commander I discovered that there was only one commissioned officer left in the regiment.

    Reminiscences of a Private Frank M. Mixson
  • The matter of becoming a commissioned officer may interest the recruit.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • He lost his arm at the taking of Oswego, and as he was not a commissioned officer, there was no allowance for his wounds.

    Toronto of Old Henry Scadding
  • She believes that I am an officer, and so I am; only I am a warrant and not a commissioned officer.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • (a) Army list, containing the name of every commissioned officer in the regular establishment.

    Visual Signaling Signal Corps United States Army
  • Ranker, a commissioned officer in the army who has risen from the ranks.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • A commissioned officer was selected for this duty, but he is prevented by illness from performing it.

    "Forward, March" Kirk Munroe
  • Could one of the privates rise to a commissioned officer, Sergeant?

    Draw Swords! George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for commissioned officer

commissioned officer

a military officer holding a commission, such as Second Lieutenant in the British Army, Acting Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Pilot Officer in the Royal Air Force, and officers of all ranks senior to these
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commissioned officer in Culture

commissioned officer definition

An officer of a country's armed services whose rank is confirmed by a government document (a commission). In many countries, including the United States, commissioned officers in the navy are those of the rank of ensign and above, and in the army and air force those of the rank of lieutenant and above.

Note: Commissioned officers are contrasted with enlisted men and women, such as privates, corporals, and sergeants, or ordinary seamen and petty officers.
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