petty officer

noun

Definition of petty officer

: a subordinate officer in the navy or coast guard appointed from among the enlisted men — compare noncommissioned officer

Examples of petty officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an odd turn of events, Zito actually guest starred on JAG as a United States Navy petty officer in 2003, which led Jeong to support McCarthy’s theory. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "Blindsided By The Rhino? Why Masked Singer Fans Had This Baseball Player On The Brain All Along," 13 May 2020 Williams is a petty officer at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Washington Post, "National Digest: Ex-sheriff in Alabama sentenced to 18 months in jail-food scam," 25 Nov. 2019 Williams is a petty officer at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Washington Post, "National Digest: Ex-sheriff in Alabama sentenced to 18 months in jail-food scam," 25 Nov. 2019 Brianna, who is a petty officer stationed with the Navy in Jacksonville, is staying on the Navy base, Williams said. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Mother becomes person of interest in 5-year-old daughter's disappearance," 11 Nov. 2019 There had been debate on whether the Navy would strip Gallagher of his Trident pin, ousting him from the prestigious SEALs after he was demoted from chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer following his July conviction. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Eddie Gallagher's fellow SEALs describe him as 'toxic,' 'evil' in leaked videos," 28 Dec. 2019 Romero was an active-duty U.S. Navy petty officer who was just shy of his two-year anniversary with the Navy. Fox News, "FBI releases photo of NAS Pensacola shooter as military calls for increased security checks across US bases," 9 Dec. 2019 He was demoted from chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer. NBC News, "White House not planning to intervene in SEAL case for now, Navy official says," 24 Nov. 2019 He was demoted from chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer. Robert Burns, The Denver Post, "Pentagon chief fires Navy secretary over SEAL controversy," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of petty officer

1744, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jun 2020

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“Petty officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petty%20officer. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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petty officer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of petty officer

: an officer with a low rank in the Navy or U.S. Coast Guard

petty officer

noun

Kids Definition of petty officer

: an officer in the navy or coast guard appointed from among the enlisted people

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