a military or naval officer holding rank by commission.
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How to use commissioned officer in a sentence
They touted his war record as a non-commissioned officer in Vietnam, where he earned a purple heart.
Ney was fortunate in that he had not to spend long years as a non-commissioned officer with no obvious future before him.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The sergeant's reply was: "Sire, how can a non-commissioned officer dine with a general?"When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete | Gilbert Parker
The non-commissioned officer was a tall Kentuckian, over six feet high, lank and raw-boned.A Lieutenant at Eighteen | Oliver Optic
At one of the military stations we took on a guard of a dozen or fifteen soldiers under command of a non-commissioned officer.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
But in the modesty of the non-commissioned officer Bruce had underrated his own prominence in Indian eyes.Warrior Gap | Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for 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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Cultural definitions for commissioned officer
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.
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