- the members of an armed service apart from its officers; enlisted personnel.
- military enlisted personnel as a group.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- ranikhet disease,
- ranine artery,
- ranjit singh,
- rank and file,
- rank scale,
- rank, otto,
- to leave an assigned position in a military formation.
- to disagree with, defect from, or refuse to support one's colleagues, party, or the like.
Origin of rank1
adjective, rank·er, rank·est.
Origin of rank2
Examples from the Web for rank
Neary had held the rank of lieutenant since 1983 and received multiple commendations during nearly four decades on the job.
Only five African-American females hold a rank higher than GS-14 within the Secret Service.It’s Not Just the Cops—Racism Is a Problem for the Secret Service, Too|Bill Conroy|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She worked with SEAL Team Six and retired with the rank of senior chief.Yes to LGB, No to T: The Pentagon Still Has a Transgender Ban|Tim Mak|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Bay Area does not rank among the 20 top global cities in most studies, such as the 2014 A.T. Kearney listings.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay|Joel Kotkin|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To be sure, there is often a stark dichotomy between so-called opinion leaders and rank and file believers.Christians Enraged With Cruz Over Pro-Israel Comments|Tim Mak|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But a certain sweetness of the aroma of rank was beginning to permeate her republican senses.The Duke's Children|Anthony Trollope
It has justly been remarked that a nations civilization may be estimated by the rank which females hold in society.
The water is rank, putrid, evil-smelling; but the fierce, mad craving for drink is not to be denied.Norman Ten Hundred|A. Stanley Blicq
While you are looking, what was your rank when you were discharged?Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The church of St. Stephen is another ecclesiastical treasure of Constance with a rank high among religious shrines.The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine|Francis Miltoun
Word Origin for rank
Word Origin for rank
early 14c., "row, line series;" c.1400, a row of an army, from Old French renc, ranc "row, line" (Modern French rang), from Frankish *hring or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German hring "circle, ring"), from Proto-Germanic *khrengaz "circle, ring" (see ring (n.1)).
Meaning "a social division, class of persons" is from early 15c. Meaning "high station in society" is from early 15c. Meaning "a relative position" is from c.1600.
Old English ranc "proud, overbearing, showy," from Proto-Germanic *rankaz (cf. Danish rank "right, upright," German rank "slender," Old Norse rakkr "straight, erect"), perhaps from PIE *reg- "to stretch, straighten" (see right (adj.)). In reference to plant growth, "vigorous, luxuriant, abundant, copious" it is recorded from c.1300. Related: Rankly; rankness.
Sense evolved in Middle English to "large and coarse" (c.1300), then, via notion of "excessive and unpleasant," to "corrupt, loathsome, foul" (mid-14c.), perhaps from influence of Middle French rance "rancid." In 17c. also "lewd, lustful."
Much used 16c. as a pejorative intensive (cf. rank folly). This is possibly the source of the verb meaning "to reveal another's guilt" (1929, underworld slang), and that of "to harass, abuse," 1934, U.S. black dialect, though this also may be from the role of the activity in establishing social hierarchy (from rank (n.)).
1570s, "arrange in lines;" 1590s, "put in order, classify; assign a rank to," from rank (n.). Related: Ranked; ranking.
In addition to the idiom beginning with rank
- rank and file
- break ranks
- close ranks
- pull rank
- rise through the ranks