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commissioned officer

a military or naval officer holding rank by commission.
Origin of commissioned officer
First recorded in 1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for commissioned officer
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  • Say 'sir,' always, when addressing a commissioned officer or a citizen.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks

    H. Irving Hancock
  • Had he no rights as a commissioned officer and a world citizen?

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • The matter of becoming a commissioned officer may interest the recruit.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • She believes that I am an officer, and so I am; only I am a warrant and not a commissioned officer.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • Ranker, a commissioned officer in the army who has risen from the ranks.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • A subaltern is a commissioned officer in the army, under the rank of captain.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • He had a commissioned officer of the Government approximately in his power.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • The commissioned officer of the brigade will be a general of brigade.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • Could one of the privates rise to a commissioned officer, Sergeant?

    Draw Swords! George Manville Fenn
  • We would have gone had we had a commissioned officer to take charge of us.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
British Dictionary definitions for commissioned officer

commissioned officer

a military officer holding a commission, such as Second Lieutenant in the British Army, Acting Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Pilot Officer in the Royal Air Force, and officers of all ranks senior to these
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commissioned officer in Culture

commissioned officer definition

An officer of a country's armed services whose rank is confirmed by a government document (a commission). In many countries, including the United States, commissioned officers in the navy are those of the rank of ensign and above, and in the army and air force those of the rank of lieutenant and above.

Note: Commissioned officers are contrasted with enlisted men and women, such as privates, corporals, and sergeants, or ordinary seamen and petty officers.
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