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flag officer

a naval officer above the rank of captain, as a fleet admiral, admiral, vice-admiral, rear admiral, or commodore, who is entitled to display a flag indicating his or her rank.
(formerly) an officer in command of a fleet, squadron, or group of ships.
Origin of flag officer
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "A new broom sweeps clean, they say," laughed the flag officer.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • "Then we will consider him the right man in the right place," replied the flag officer.

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic
  • The rectangular flag is chiefly used for a flag officer's signal.

  • His application was seconded by flag officer Foote of the navy, who then had command of several gunboats at Cairo.

    Ulysses S. Grant Walter Allen
  • The flag officer, who had piloted them to the bridge, saluted smartly and retired.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • When the Civil War broke out he was holding the position of flag officer, the highest rank in our navy at that time.

    The New Land

    Elma Ehrlich Levinger
  • Chase, meanwhile, was up in flag officer's Country picking up the dope on our next mission.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • When the admiral wants 'any old thing' he tells his flag officer to send the Naval Reserve ship.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"

    Russell Doubleday
  • The latest information located the flag officer off Pensacola, and in due time Christy reported to him.

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic
  • It consisted of the largest naval force that had, up to that time, ever been collected under an American flag officer.

    Twelve Naval Captains Molly Elliot Seawell
British Dictionary definitions for flag officer

flag officer

an officer in certain navies of the rank of rear admiral or above and entitled to fly its flag
the head of a boat or yacht club
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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