an officer ranking above colonel.
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Origin of general officer
An Americanism dating back to 1635–45
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Examples from the Web for general officer
I inspected them all, and can certainly say that I had not to stop to re-arrange a belt or even a general-officer's scabbard.
British Dictionary definitions for general officer
an officer holding a commission of brigadier's rank or above in the army, air force, or marine corps
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