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noun

a noncommissioned U.S. Navy rank with three grades.
one of the minor officers on a merchant ship, as a boatswain or carpenter.

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Origin of petty officer

First recorded in 1570–80
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petty officer

noun

a noncommissioned officer in a naval service, comparable in rank to a sergeant in an army or marine corps
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