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officer of the day

noun, Military
an officer who has charge of the guard and prisoners on an assigned day at a military installation.
Abbreviation: OD, O.D., O.O.D.
Origin of officer of the day
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There, a dozen yards away, but trudging fast as dignity would permit, came the officer-of-the-day.

    Lanier of the Cavalry Charles King
  • I heard in the nick of time of the order to the officer-of-the-day to inspect for Lieutenant Lanier.

    Lanier of the Cavalry Charles King
  • He was officer-of-the-day, today, and could not leave the premises.

    The Seven-Branched Candlestick Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
  • He was playing with the tassel at the end of the red sash which the officer-of-the-day wears about his waist.

    The Seven-Branched Candlestick Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
  • officer-of-the-day reported half an hour ago every set was in use.

British Dictionary definitions for officer-of-the-day

officer of the day

a military officer whose duty is to take charge of the security of the unit or camp for a day Also called orderly officer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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