verb (used with object)
Origin of officer
British Dictionary definitions for subofficer (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for subofficer (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for subofficer
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.