officer

[ aw-fuh-ser, of-uh- ]
/ ˈɔ fə sər, ˈɒf ə- /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of officer

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Middle French officier < Medieval Latin officiārius, equivalent to Latin offici(um) office + -ārius -ary; see -er2, -ier2
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British Dictionary definitions for officerial

officer

/ (ˈɒfɪsə) /

noun

verb (tr)

to furnish with officers
to act as an officer over (some section, group, organization, etc)
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Word Origin and History for officerial

officer


n.

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.

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