en·​list·​ed in-ˈli-stəd How to pronounce enlisted (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting the part of a military, naval, or air force below commissioned or warrant officers
enlisted personnel
the enlisted ranks

Examples of enlisted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only one Japanese officer and 16 enlisted men surrendered; the rest of the garrison died in combat or by suicide. Natasha Frost Maud Bodoukian Meyrant, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Jim Funk was a 25-year-old enlisted man at home on leave for the 4th of July holiday. David Murray, USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2023 But the book that spoke to me most directly was Theodore Roszak’s The Making of a Counter Culture, given to me by Alton Wesley Powell, an enlisted man who worked as a clerk at the training center in San Diego and became a close friend. Jackson Lears, Harper's Magazine, 9 June 2023 Nietor said his client left that world for several years but went back to it for financial reasons after gaining full custody of his young daughter while living on the wages of an enlisted Marine. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2023 The enlisted Marines – Cpl. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, 20 Jan. 2023 Army spokeswoman, Heather J. Hagan, notes that before joining the Army as an enlisted Soldier, all recruits are required to pass the Army’s Occupational Physical Assessment Test after swearing in and before the individual begins initial entry training. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 25 July 2022 In 1993, he was executed in Virginia for the murder of Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa Harrington, a 27-year-old enlisted sailor within his Virginia Beach Navy unit who had reported him to her command for stalking and harassment. Hope Hodge Seck, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 The chief master sergeant is the Air Force's top enlisted leader. Tara Copp, ajc, 7 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1724, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enlisted was in 1724

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“Enlisted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlisted. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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en·​list·​ed in-ˈlis-təd How to pronounce enlisted (audio)
: of, relating to, or forming the part of a military or naval force in the ranks below commissioned or warrant officers
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