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A military officer

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English officer, from Anglo-Norman officer, officier, from Old French officer, Late Latin officiarius (official), from Latin officium (office) + -ārius (-er).

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officer (plural officers)

  1. One who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in 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.
  2. One who holds a public office.
  3. An agent or servant imparted with the ability, to some degree, to act on initiative.
  4. (colloquial, military) A commissioned officer.

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officer (third-person singular simple present officers, present participle officering, simple past and past participle officered)

  1. (transitive) To supply with officers.
  2. (transitive) To command like an officer.

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Middle EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman officer, officier, from Latin officiārius; equivalent to office +‎ -er.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɔfiːˈsɛːr/, /ɔfiˈsɛːr/, /ɔˈfiːsər/, /ˈɔfisər/

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officer (plural officers)

  1. A hireling or subordinate; one employed to serve, especially at an estate.
  2. An official or officeholder; the holder of a prominent office or position.
  3. A municipal, local or societal official or officeholder.
  4. A religious or ecclesiastical official or officeholder.
  5. (religion) A deputy or subordinate of the forces of good or evil.
  6. (rare) One who supervises or organises jousting.
  7. (rare) A member or leader of a military force.

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officer m (oblique plural officers, nominative singular officers, nominative plural officer)

  1. officer

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From French

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officer ?

  1. officer, a military person of fänrik grade or higher
  2. (archaic) ämbetsman, tjänsteman; one who holds a public office