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noncommissioned officer

noun, Military.
an enlisted person, as a sergeant or corporal, holding any of various ranks below commissioned or warrant officers.
Origin of noncommissioned officer
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The noncommissioned officer must answer the sentinel's calls promptly.

  • Do not turn it over to some noncommissioned officer and let it go at that.

  • A noncommissioned officer of the police was already standing below.

    Among Malay Pirates G. A. Henty
  • Every officer and noncommissioned officer has got to know how to play the game.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • The leader should be an officer or a noncommissioned officer.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • Finally the noncommissioned officer and one man only were left, both of them being wounded.

    America's War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell
  • By the time a man became a noncommissioned officer, he was too old to be admitted to the officers training schools.

    The Highest Treason Randall Garrett
  • I have never heard an officer or noncommissioned officer curse a man.

  • The noncommissioned officer began talking with his comrades about regimental matters without looking at the Russian general.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • An old, noncommissioned officer ran out of the ranks and taking him by the elbow dragged him to his company.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for noncommissioned officer

noncommissioned officer

(in the armed forces) a person, such as a sergeant or corporal, who is appointed from the ranks as a subordinate officer
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