chief petty officer


: an enlisted man in the navy or coast guard ranking above a petty officer first class and below a senior chief petty officer

Examples of chief petty officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Christopher Toups, 46, a former chief petty officer, pleaded guilty to conspiring with several others to bilk the Traumatic Servicemembers Groups Life Insurance Program out of around $2 million. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2023 The former Navy chief petty officer, who had been stationed in Jacksonville, was accused of neglecting the girl to the point of starvation. Chris Harris, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 Brianna Shontae Williams, the ex-Navy chief petty officer based in Jacksonville, neglected Taylor Rose Williams to the point where the girl starved to death. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 20 Sep. 2022 Police arrested Herman Williams, a Navy chief petty officer, four days the discovery of the body and charged him with murder. Clifford Ward, Chicago Tribune, 6 Sep. 2022 Bell, a former chief petty officer in the Navy, has been known for making inflammatory statements. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 This year, Erin Picou and her husband, a chief petty officer in the Coast Guard, have managed to save enough money to pay their mortgage on their home in Texas City. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Sep. 2021 The Navy revokes Cosby’s title of honorary chief petty officer. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 24 June 2020 Her mother was a seamstress, her father a Navy chief petty officer who became a fabric mill foreman after the family moved to Franklin, N.H., 28 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chief petty officer was in 1865

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“Chief petty officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

chief petty officer

: a naval petty officer with a rank just below that of senior chief petty officer
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