WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
of•fi•cer /ˈɔfəsɚ, ˈɑfə-/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
See -oper-, -fac-.
- a person who holds a position of rank or authority in the armed services, esp. one holding a commission.
- a member of a police department.
- a person who is appointed or elected to a position of responsibility or authority in an organization.
(ô′fə sər, of′ə-),USA pronunciation n.
- a person who holds a position of rank or authority in the army, navy, air force, or any similar organization, esp. one who holds a commission.
- a member of a police department or a constable.
- a person licensed to take full or partial responsibility for the operation of a merchant ship or other large civilian ship; a master or mate.
- a person appointed or elected to some position of responsibility or authority in the government, a corporation, a society, etc.
- (in some honorary orders) a member of any rank except the lowest.
- [Obs.]an agent.
(ô′fə sər, of′ə-),USA pronunciation adj.
of′fi•cer•ship′, of′fi•cer•hood′, n.
- to furnish with officers.
- to command or direct as an officer does.
- to direct, conduct, or manage.
- Medieval Latin officiārius, equivalent. to Latin offici(um) office + -ārius -ary; see -er2, -ier2
- Anglo-French; Middle French officier
- Middle English 1275–1325
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
officer /ˈɒfɪsə/ n
- a person in the armed services who holds a position of responsibility, authority, and duty, esp one who holds a commission
- See police officer
- (on a non-naval ship) any person including the captain and mate, who holds a position of authority and responsibility: radio officer, engineer officer
- a person appointed or elected to a position of responsibility or authority in a government, society, etc
- a government official: a customs officer
- (in the Order of the British Empire) a member of the grade below commander
- to furnish with officers
- to act as an officer over (some section, group, organization, etc)
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