- a person who holds a position of rank or authority in the army, navy, air force, or any similar organization, especially one who holds a commission.
- a member of a police department or a constable.
- a person licensed to take full or partial responsibility for the operation of a merchant ship or other large civilian ship; a master or mate.
- a person appointed or elected to some position of responsibility or authority in the government, a corporation, a society, etc.
- (in some honorary orders) a member of any rank except the lowest.
- Obsolete. an agent.
- to furnish with officers.
- to command or direct as an officer does.
- to direct, conduct, or manage.
Origin of officer
Related Words for officerofficial, deputy, executive, manager, agent, director, chief, representative, leader, detective, captain, police, head, dignitary, bureaucrat, magistrate, president, appointee, officeholder, functionary
Examples from the Web for officer
Contemporary Examples of officer
In the first episode, an officer is shown video of himself shooting and killing a man.
That officer fretting about his “stance,” we learn, is plagued by PTSD that cripples him both on the job and at home.
The al Qaeda-linked gunmen shot back, but only managed to injure one officer before they were taken out.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
A street sweeper was caught in the crossfire as a gunman fired at the officer, fatally wounding her in the back.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
That officer believed my fair-skinned son was white, according to the traffic citation I examined.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of officer
A party of sailors, headed by an officer, came out of the woods, and headed for the shore.Brave and Bold
There is an officer in this regiment of the name of Chatterton?
"You shall hear from me, sir," said the officer, biting his lips.
Four men returned to bear off their officer, but all four shared his fate.
All I ask, said Stokes, is to be laid by that officer that I may die in his presence.
- a person in the armed services who holds a position of responsibility, authority, and duty, esp one who holds a commission
- See police officer
- (on a non-naval ship) any person including the captain and mate, who holds a position of authority and responsibilityradio officer; engineer officer
- a person appointed or elected to a position of responsibility or authority in a government, society, etc
- a government officiala customs officer
- (in the Order of the British Empire) a member of the grade below commander
- to furnish with officers
- to act as an officer over (some section, group, organization, etc)
Word Origin and History for officer
early 14c., "one who holds an office" (originally a high office), from Old French oficier "officer, official" (early 14c.), from Medieval Latin officarius "an officer," from Latin officium "a service, a duty" (see office). The military sense is first recorded 1560s. Applied to petty officials of justice from 16c.; U.S. use in reference to policemen is from 1880s.