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

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The San Antonio Express-News reports that Navy petty officer Coy Washington Black, who died at 67, had been in the basement the longest — 15 years. Fox News, "Remains of 8 veterans, long unclaimed, buried in San Antonio," 3 June 2018 Smith, who reached the rank of petty officer, dropped by the restaurant every day for seven months and bought a diamond ring. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "On Memorial Day in S.A., the fallen are saluted and remembered," 28 May 2018 Xavier Crowd, a petty officer in the U.S. Navy, surprised the Ballston Spa High School graduate on June 21st by walking onstage with her diploma in hand. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Navy officer deployed overseas surprises sister at graduation," 24 June 2018 With her wereher Navy petty officer husband, Mark, also 29, and two sons, Joseph, 5, and Matthew, 2. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "WAR EXTRA: Operation Desert Storm," 17 Jan. 2018 The citation notes that the petty officer encountered automatic weapons fire from a bunker about from him. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "President Donald Trump awards Navy SEAL the Medal of Honor for fight against al-Qaeda," 24 May 2018 The dielectric oil is believed to be coming from an Eversource Energy cable encased in a metal pipeline that runs under the river near the bridge, said US Coast Guard petty officer Nicole Groll. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Oil leaking into Mystic River in Boston believed to be coming from Eversource pipe," 16 Apr. 2018 Saucier, a petty officer, was sentenced in August 2016 to 12 months in prison after taking photos inside the engine room on the USS Alexandria, a nuclear attack submarine. Ali Vitali, NBC News, "Trump pardons ex-Navy sailor who cited Clinton in his defense," 9 Mar. 2018 Trump opened by highlighting Ashlee Leppert, a U.S. Coast Guard petty officer who was aboard one of the first helicopters on the scene in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest on Trump’s State of the Union," 30 Jan. 2018

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1744, in the meaning defined above

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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

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Kids Definition of petty officer

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

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