flag officer

noun

Definition of flag officer 

: any of the officers in the navy or coast guard above captain — compare general officer

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The exercise, unprecedented in scope in recent city history, is designed to help prosecutors flag officers with credibility issues early in a case and possibly prevent their testimony, District Attorney Larry Krasner said in an interview last week. Mark Fazlollah, Philly.com, "Philly DA Larry Krasner seeking to develop comprehensive list of tainted cops," 4 June 2018 There’s some question here whether [Jackson’s] flag officer nomination will move forward given his VA nomination. Washington Post, "Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick for Veterans Affairs, may pass up $1 million to join the Cabinet," 8 Apr. 2018 Defense Mobile’s executive team included two Navy SEALS, five flag officers, Medal of Honor recipients, a former chief marketing officer of the Army, a former assistant Air Force secretary, and a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "T-Mobile launches wireless plan for military: $100 for four lines," 18 Apr. 2018 There’s some question here whether (Jackson’s) flag officer nomination will move forward given his VA nomination. Andrew Degrandpre, BostonGlobe.com, "Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick for Veterans Affairs, may pass up $1 million to join the Cabinet," 8 Apr. 2018 The Generals: The positive news about foreign policy is supposed to be that a group of flag officers stands between Donald Trump and the next reckless military move. James Fallows, The Atlantic, "The Broken Check and Balance," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of flag officer

1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flag officer

from such officers being entitled to display a flag with one or more stars indicating rank

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