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warrant officer

(in the U.S. Armed Forces) an officer of one of four grades ranking above enlisted personnel and below commissioned officers.
a similar officer in other countries.
Origin of warrant officer
1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ayesha and her warrant-officer helper and a Marine lieutenant went out hastily.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • I was very glad to find that my old friend Jack Stretcher had volunteered, with the hope of one day becoming a warrant-officer.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • A midshipman and warrant-officer, with four hands, were in her.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • Also, a full set of his accounts kept by a warrant-officer for the purpose of passing them.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for warrant-officer

warrant officer

an officer in certain armed services who holds a rank between those of commissioned and noncommissioned officers. In the British army, the rank has two classes See regimental sergeant major, company sergeant major
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