en·​list·​ed | \ in-ˈli-stəd How to pronounce enlisted (audio) , en-\

Definition of enlisted

: of, relating to, or constituting the part of a military, naval, or air force below commissioned or warrant officers enlisted personnel the enlisted ranks

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The Marine Corps is also developing plans to recruit and retain cyberspace professionals in the Reserves, and in May unveiled new badges for enlisted troops and officers who work as drone operators. Washington Post, "Marine Corps weighs wooing older members for new cyber force," 9 June 2018 Troxell has served as Dunford's senior enlisted adviser since December 2015. Fox News, "Senior military adviser to Joint Chiefs chairman suspended," 27 Sep. 2018 Another Marine officer, who was stationed on a Navy ship after 9/11, told me that a female officer had regular trysts with an enlisted sailor in the engine room. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Women Don’t Belong in Combat Units," 13 Jan. 2019 So our friends at Woman's Day enlisted renaissance man Clinton Kelly to prove that a crisp fold isn't that hard to achieve. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "3 Steps to a Perfectly Folded Fitted Sheet," 11 Feb. 2015 The British composer ingeniously juxtaposed nine poems of Wilfred Owen, a disillusioned enlisted officer killed in the final days of World War I, with the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ Review: Mixing Sacred and Secular," 30 Nov. 2018 So far, there are 51 female infantry officers and 253 women in the enlisted ranks of the infantry, according to the Army. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "Mattis: Jury is out on women succeeding in combat jobs," 26 Sep. 2018 McCain refused to jump ahead of enlisted men and those who had been imprisoned before him. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Candidates still count," 24 Aug. 2018 Jay had an ability to relate to everyone, from the junior enlisted Sailors that were just starting their careers to the most senior officers. Houston Chronicle, "Letters to the Editor," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of enlisted

1724, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enlisted was in 1724

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English Language Learners Definition of enlisted

chiefly US : serving in the armed forces in a rank below the rank of officers


en·​list·​ed | \ in-ˈli-stəd How to pronounce enlisted (audio) \

Kids Definition of enlisted

: serving in the armed forces in a rank below a commissioned officer or warrant officer

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