Meaning of OFFICER in English


n. & v.


1. a person holding a position of authority or trust, esp. one with a commission in the armed services, in the mercantile marine, or on a passenger ship.

2 a policeman or policewoman.

3 a holder of a post in a society (e.g. the president or secretary).

4 a holder of a public, civil, or ecclesiastical office; a sovereign's minister; an appointed or elected functionary (usu. with a qualifying word: medical officer; probation officer; returning officer).

5 a bailiff (the sheriff's officer).

6 a member of the grade below commander in the Order of the British Empire etc.

1. provide with officers.

2 act as the commander of.

Phrases and idioms:

officer of arms a herald or pursuivant.

Etymology: ME f. AF officer, OF officier f. med.L officiarius f. L officium: see OFFICE

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.