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


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. office park,
  2. office seeker,
  3. office-block ballot,
  4. office-holder,
  5. officeholder,
  6. officer of arms,
  7. officer of the day,
  8. officer of the deck,
  9. officer of the guard,
  10. officer of the watch

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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for officership

  • When the heart of the organization is sound, officership is able to see its own reflection in the eyes of the enlisted man.

    The Armed Forces Officer|U. S. Department of Defense
  • Without it their Officership will be like a body without a soul, or like a locomotive without any power.

  • There had been plenty of criticism of the fact that a "plebe" should have risen so quickly to an officership.

    The Seven-Branched Candlestick|Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
  • Lind is trying to get me to enter the same grade of officership with himself.

    Sunrise|William Black

British Dictionary definitions for officership


/ (ˈɒfɪsə) /


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 officership



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper