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1 any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command; "an officer is responsible for the lives of his men" [syn: military officer]
2 someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust; "he is an officer of the court"; "the club elected its officers for the coming year" [syn: officeholder]
3 a member of a police force; "it was an accident, officer" [syn: policeman, police officer]
4 a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel; "he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines" [syn: ship's officer] v : direct or command as an officer

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl xno officer, officier, from officiarius, from officium + -arius.


  • a UK /ˈɒfɪsə/
  • a US /ˈɑfəsəɻ/


  1. One who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.
  2. One who holds a public office.
  3. An agent or servant imparted with the ability, to some degree, to act on initiative.
  4. In the context of "colloquial|military": A simple contraction of the term "commissioned officer."



Extensive Definition


  • Paul Officer (born 1940), British police officer and former bodyguard to the Prince of Wales
officer in German: Offizier (Begriffsklärung)
officer in Romanian: Ofiţer

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