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noun

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.

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Origin of flag officer

First recorded in 1655–65
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British Dictionary definitions for flag officer

flag officer

noun

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
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