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noncommissioned officer

noun Military.
  1. an enlisted person, as a sergeant or corporal, holding any of various ranks below commissioned or warrant officers.
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Origin of noncommissioned officer

First recorded in 1695–1705
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British Dictionary definitions for noncommissioned officer

noncommissioned officer

noun
  1. (in the armed forces) a person, such as a sergeant or corporal, who is appointed from the ranks as a subordinate officer
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