What does officer mean?

Definitions for officer
ˈɔ fə sər, ˈɒf ə-of·fi·cer

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word officer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. military officer, officernoun

    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, officernoun

    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, officernoun

    a member of a police force

    "it was an accident, officer"

  4. officer, ship's officerverb

    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. officerverb

    direct or command as an officer


  1. officernoun

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

  2. officernoun

    One who holds a public office.

  3. officernoun

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

  4. officernoun

    A simple contraction of the term "commissioned officer."

  5. officerverb

    To supply with officers.

  6. officerverb

    To command like an officer.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Officernoun

    Etymology: officier, French.

    ’Tis an office of great worth,
    And you an officer fit for the place. William Shakespeare.

    Submit you to the people’s voices,
    Allow their officers, and be content
    To suffer lawful censure. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The next morning there came to us the same officer that came to us at first to conduct us to the stranger’s house. Francis Bacon.

    If it should fall into the French hands, all the princes would return to be the several officers of his court. William Temple.

    As a magistrate or great officer he locks himself up from all approaches. Robert South, Sermons.

    Birds of prey are an emblem of rapacious officers. A superior power takes away by violence from them, that which by violence they took away from others. Roger L'Estrange.

    If he did not nimbly ply the spade,
    His surly officer ne’er fail’d to crack
    His knotty cudgel on his tougher back. Dryden.

    I summon’d all my officers in haste,
    All came resolv’d to die in my defence. Dryden.

    The bad disposition he made in landing his men, shews him not only to be much inferiour to Pompey as a sea officer, but to have had little or no skill in that element. Arb.

    The thieves are possest with fear
    So strongly, that they dare not meet each other;
    Each takes his fellow for an officer. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    We charge you
    To go with us unto the officers. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.


  1. Officer

    An officer is a person who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization. The term derives from Old French oficier "officer, official" (early 14c., Modern French officier), from Medieval Latin officiarius "an officer," from Latin officium "a service, a duty" the late Latin from officiarius, meaning "official."


  1. officer

    An officer is a person who holds a position of authority or command in the military, police, or in a governmental or private organization. This can include roles such as company executives, law enforcement personnel or military leaders. Responsibilities might involve making decisions, managing operations, or overseeing personnel.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. officer

    A person having some command. A term applied both in the royal and mercantile navies to any one of a ship's company who ranks above the fore-mast men.

Suggested Resources

  1. Officer

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Officer is ranked #19814 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Officer surname appeared 1,357 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Officer.

    66.2% or 899 total occurrences were White.
    26.6% or 361 total occurrences were Black.
    3.6% or 50 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of officer in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of officer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of officer in a Sentence

  1. An NYPD source:

    She clearly wants someone to go to the officer’s house and assassinate him in cold blood just like Ramos and Liu.

  2. Victor Rios:

    I looked into it, and the outcome was that he was not the shooter. He was a victim of drugs. I … know what drugs can do to people. Even good people … And I believe in second chances. So I took that chance with him. And I don’t regret anything from it. I’m sorry for what’s happened to that family. My condolences to the police officer’s family. We’re not trying to hurt anyone. We’re just doing art. And if anything, law enforcement is the hero of this movie.

  3. Transportation Security Officer Carol Richel:

    Officer Slyve is my hero, she probably saved my life because he was within inches of whacking me. ... She saved a lot of people's lives. This man was swinging very hard with the machete.

  4. Philonise Floyd:

    Me waking up knowing that this is the day that my brother was brutally murdered by a police officer who was sworn in to help others, it was just like picking at a wound all over again, my brother was tortured to death, and this is the day that will always be remembered all around the world forever … I will make sure we cement his legacy.

  5. Eric Williams ':

    It’s the same thing as telling a police officer that he shouldn’t have a weapon because the bad guy can take it off you.

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