petty officer

petty officer

noun
1.
a noncommissioned U.S. Navy rank with three grades.
2.
one of the minor officers on a merchant ship, as a boatswain or carpenter.

Origin:
1570–80

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petty officer
 
n
a noncommissioned officer in a naval service, comparable in rank to a sergeant in an army or marine corps

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