Definitions for officerˈɔ fə sər, ˈɒf ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

of•fi•cerˈɔ fə sər, ˈɒf ə-(n.)

  1. a person who holds a position of rank or authority in the armed services, esp. one holding a commission.

  2. a member of a police department or a constable.

  3. a person appointed or elected to some position of responsibility or authority in some organization.

  4. a person licensed to take full or partial responsibility for the operation of a ship.

  5. (in some honorary orders) a member of any rank except the lowest.

  6. Obs. an agent.

  7. (v.t.)to furnish with officers.

  8. to manage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. military officer, officer(noun)

    any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command

    "an officer is responsible for the lives of his men"

  2. officeholder, officer(noun)

    someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust

    "he is an officer of the court"; "the club elected its officers for the coming year"

  3. policeman, police officer, officer(noun)

    a member of a police force

    "it was an accident, officer"

  4. officer, ship's officer(verb)

    a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel

    "he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines"

  5. officer(verb)

    direct or command as an officer

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. officer(noun)ˈɔfəsɚ

    a senior member of the armed forces

    He's an officer in the navy.

  2. officerˈɔfəsɚ

    a police officer

    an off-duty officer


  1. officer(Noun)

    One who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.

  2. officer(Noun)

    One who holds a public office.

  3. officer(Noun)

    An agent or servant imparted with the ability, to some degree, to act on initiative.

  4. officer(Noun)

    A simple contraction of the term "commissioned officer."

  5. officer(Verb)

    To supply with officers.

  6. officer(Verb)

    To command like an officer.

  7. Origin: From officer, officier, from officiarius, from officium + -arius.


  1. Military Officer

    An officer is a member of an armed force or uniformed service who holds a position of authority. Commissioned officers derive authority directly from a sovereign power and, as such, hold a commission charging them with the duties and responsibilities of a specific office or position. Commissioned officers are typically the only persons, in an armed forces environment, able to act as the commanding officer of a military unit. A superior officer is an officer with a higher rank than another officer, who is a subordinate officer relative to the superior. Non-commissioned officers in positions of authority can be said to have control or charge rather than command per se. Having officers is one requirement for combatant status under the laws of war, though these officers need not have obtained an official commission or warrant. In such case, those persons holding offices of responsibility within the organization are deemed to be the officers, and the presence of these officers connotes a level of organization sufficient to designate a group as being combatant.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'officer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1150

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'officer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #975

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'officer' in Nouns Frequency: #210

Translations for officer

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person holding a commission in the army, navy or air force

a naval officer.

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