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flag officer

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.
(formerly) an officer in command of a fleet, squadron, or group of ships.
Origin of flag officer
1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • As he did so, flag-officer Gordon called for three more cheers.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • I heard an educated gentleman say, 'Like the flag-officer did.'

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • flag-officer Mervine was relieved in the latter part of September.

  • On you, every reliance is placed; and I wish I could say as much for every flag-officer afloat.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • But Corny had the sealed orders of the flag-officer, and I heard Mr. Galvinne read them.

    Stand By The Union Oliver Optic
  • Captain Kendall spoke to the flag-officer and to Captain Haven.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • Among the injured on this occasion was the flag-officer, who was standing by the pilot when the latter was killed.

  • "Those were General Grant's exact words, sir," said the flag-officer.

    Strange True Stories of Louisiana George Washington Cable
  • The Bronx continued on her course indicated in the verbal order of the flag-officer.

    Stand By The Union Oliver Optic
  • Have I done anything to offend the flag-officer, or has he no confidence in me?

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for flag-officer

flag officer

an officer in certain navies of the rank of rear admiral or above and entitled to fly its flag
the head of a boat or yacht club
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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