What does rank and file mean?

Definitions for rank and file

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rank and file, rank(noun)

    the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)

    "the strike was supported by the union rank and file"; "he rose from the ranks to become a colonel"

  2. rank and file(noun)

    people who constitute the main body of any group


  1. rank and file(Noun)

    Common soldiers, as would be arrayed in a grid pattern with ranks and files.

  2. rank and file(Noun)

    Those lacking any particular title or status; those having no station.


  1. Rank and File

    Rank and File was a roots rock post-punk band formed by brothers Chip Kinman and Tony Kinman after they split up their punk band the Dils. The band also included former Nuns guitarist Alejandro Escovedo. They appeared on PBS's revered country music showcase Austin City Limits. The Kinmans' next project was the synthpop, guitar and drum-machine based, Blackbird. Escovedo formed the True Believers with his brother Javier, before launching a solo songwriting and recording career.

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    Song lyrics by rank and file -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by rank and file on the Lyrics.com website.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rank and file in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rank and file in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Milan Vaishnav:

    Showing up in court and attempting to play victim, in a highly public way, is a way of rebuilding morale among the rank-and-file.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    We've seen, across the board, across the country, that the rank-and-file membership of these different groups are overwhelmingly with Bernie.

  3. Elijah Cummings:

    Rank-and-file officers are being stopped from doing what they are told to do. what's wrong with [conducting] a sobriety test? It's basic policing.

  4. Mark Sanford:

    I suspect it would stir up the rank and file. And when you get the rank and file at the grass-roots level, other folks get stirred up within the conference.

  5. Edward Mullins:

    The truth of the matter is the mayor knows there is bad blood between the rank and file, and the mayor wants to pretend like he didn't create it, but he did.

Images & Illustrations of rank and file

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