Meaning of OFFICER in English


I. ˈȯfə̇sə(r), ˈäf- sometimes -fs- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French officier, from Medieval Latin officiarius, from Latin officium office + -arius -ary — more at office


a. obsolete : one charged with a duty : agent

b. : one charged with administering and maintaining the law (as a constable, bailiff, sheriff)

officers of the peace

the officer on duty at a traffic corner

c. : a chief official engaged in domestic management or service in a large household or a college

officers of the royal household

2. : one who holds an office : one who is appointed or elected to serve in a position of trust, authority, or command especially as specifically provided for by law

officers of state

officer in the foreign service

officer of a bank

the club held a meeting to elect its officers for the year

— distinguished from employee and sometimes from official


a. : one who holds a position of authority or command in the armed forces ; specifically : one who holds a commission

separate clubs for officers and enlisted men

— see noncommissioned officer , petty officer , warrant officer

b. : the master or any of the mates of a merchant or passenger ship

the officers' rooms opened off the dining room — H.A.Chippendale


a. : a member of an honorary order in a grade above the lowest

officer of the Legion of Honor

b. in the Salvation Army : a person trained and commissioned to engage in paid full-time service — see salvationist ; compare local officer

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to furnish with officers : appoint officers over

supply and officer a militia

2. : to command or direct as an officer

veterans officered the recruits

the troops were well officered

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