What does officer mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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.

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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 AP reporter:

    In June, these were nonviolent protesters, racially mixed, a lot of young people fueled by the Black Lives Matter movement, those outraged by the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed under the knee of a White police officer in Minnesota. There was no violence there ... And the Biden White House has made it clear that they think that the threat posed by domestic terrorism is equal to that posed by international terror groups like ISIS, which is such a sobering thought that fellow Americans could be perceived as such a dangerous threat to their countrymen and women.

  2. Rolanda Byrd:

    They killed my son for no reason, everybody out here said he was running, didn't have a gun, (was) trying to jump a fence, and that officer shot my son seven times. For what? For nothing.

  3. Ramzan Kadyrov:

    Zaur Dadayev was a Russian Interior Ministry officer who served with distinction.

  4. The South Carolina sheriff:

    When the officer puts his hands on her initially, she reaches up and she pops the officer with her fist.

  5. Rahm Emanuel:

    While we’re going to add significant resources to our police department, no resource will match the resource of an officer knowing the neighborhood they work in supports their work.

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