flag officer

noun

Definition of flag officer

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

Examples of flag officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These proceedings can only be convened by the US president, secretary of defense, the commanding officer of a major military installation or by a general or flag officer. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 17 June 2021 Eric Pry, GAR Museum curator, said the four fresco paintings are of Abraham Lincoln; George Washington; Gen. George Thomas, a Union general during the Civil War; and Admiral David Farragut, a Union flag officer in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, 1 May 2021 Of those, there are just 71 who are general or flag officers, wearing one to four stars, including only two who have attained the top four-star rank. Robert Burns, Anchorage Daily News, 5 June 2020 However, Latinos make up only 8% of the officer corps and 2% of general/flag officers, according to a 2019 report by the Congressional Research Service. USA Today, 24 May 2020 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, 18 Apr. 2018

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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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“Flag officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flag%20officer. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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