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chief petty officer

noun

, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.
  1. a noncommissioned rank above petty officer first class and below senior petty officer. : CPO, C.P.O., c.p.o.


chief petty officer

noun

  1. the senior naval rank for personnel without commissioned or warrant rank CPO


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Word History and Origins

Origin of chief petty officer1

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

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Example Sentences

The investigation also found that several sailors, including chief petty officers, decided not to don their firefighting gear because they thought they were wearing the wrong uniform at the time, according to the investigation.

When I got assigned there, I had Master Chief Hubbard as my leading chief petty officer.

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

Two were Coast Guardsmen, one a lieutenant and the other a chief petty officer.

"In that case I ask your pardon," replied the coastguard, whose badges proclaimed him to be a chief petty officer.

We had barely finished when the chief petty officer came up and examined the clews.

Chief Petty Officer Munro returned thanks on behalf of his comrades, and said that the reception had been quite unexpected.

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