Meaning of OFFICER in English

OFFICER

n.

Pronunciation: ' ä-f ə -s ə r, ' o ̇ -

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin officiarius, from Latin officium

Date: 14th century

1 a obsolete : AGENT b : one charged with police duties

2 : one who holds an office of trust, authority, or command <the officer s of the bank> <chief executive officer >

3 a : one who holds a position of authority or command in the armed forces specifically : COMMISSIONED OFFICER b : the master or any of the mates of a merchant or passenger ship

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