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chief petty officer

noun, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.
a noncommissioned rank above petty officer first class and below senior petty officer.
Abbreviation: CPO, C.P.O., c.p.o.
Origin of chief petty officer
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He is an enlisted man, rated a chief petty officer, and wears the eagle rating-badge.

    The North Pacific Willis Boyd Allen
  • The crew numbered twenty-five all told; Mr. Dodd again acted as boatswain, and Mr. Brooks as chief petty officer.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • "The captain's a hard man," observed the chief petty officer, who was lounging negligently against a wall, doing nothing.

    Once a Greech Evelyn E. Smith
  • chief petty officer Munro returned thanks on behalf of his comrades, and said that the reception had been quite unexpected.

  • One was on a fish caught by a chief petty officer of the United States Navy.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • We had barely finished when the chief petty officer came up and examined the clews.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"

    Russell Doubleday
  • A chief petty officer is not the highest rating of the enlisted service.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • Two were Coast Guardsmen, one a lieutenant and the other a chief petty officer.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • "In that case I ask your pardon," replied the coastguard, whose badges proclaimed him to be a chief petty officer.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for chief petty officer

chief petty officer

the senior naval rank for personnel without commissioned or warrant rank CPO
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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