From Anglo-Norman officer, officier, from Old French, from Late Latin officiarius (“official”), from Latin officium (“office”) + -ārius (“-er”).
officer (plural officers)
- One who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, The Mirror and the Lamp:
- Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
- One who holds a public office.
- An agent or servant imparted with the ability, to some degree, to act on initiative.
- (colloquial, military) A commissioned officer.
one who holds a public office
agent or servant endowed with the ability to act on initiative
contraction of the term "commissioned officer"
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officer (third-person singular simple present officers, present participle officering, simple past and past participle officered)
- (transitive) To supply with officers.
- (transitive) To command like an officer.
to command like an officer