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flag officer

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noun
  1. 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.
  2. (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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Examples from the Web for flag officer

Historical Examples

  • On you, every reliance is placed; and I wish I could say as much for every flag-officer afloat.

    The Two Admirals

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • His cook or his butler would have said, 'Like the flag-officer done.'

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • I heard an educated gentleman say, 'Like the flag-officer did.'

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Flag-Officer Mervine was relieved in the latter part of September.

  • "Pass the word for the signal-officer," added the flag-officer.

    Dikes and Ditches

    Oliver Optic


British Dictionary definitions for flag officer

flag officer

noun
  1. an officer in certain navies of the rank of rear admiral or above and entitled to fly its flag
  2. the head of a boat or yacht club
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