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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
1655-1665
1655-65
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British Dictionary definitions for flag-officer

flag officer

noun
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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