- an enlisted person, as a sergeant or corporal, holding any of various ranks below commissioned or warrant officers.
Origin of noncommissioned officer
First recorded in 1695–1705
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- (in the armed forces) a person, such as a sergeant or corporal, who is appointed from the ranks as a subordinate officer