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 his 20's, the petty officer first class participated in Operation Crossroads in the Pacific Ocean, the first atomic bomb tests since the 1945 nuclear weapon attacks in Japan. Claudia Grisales, NPR, 6 May 2024 Coast Guard boats and a helicopter continued to search for survivors Tuesday afternoon, said petty officer Kimberly Reaves, a Coast Guard spokesperson. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 Our missing petty officer bought the three-day kidnapping experience., 4 Mar. 2024 However, another important part of this story is Charles W. David Jr., a young African American Coast Guard petty officer on the escort cutter Comanche, who dove into the freezing waters and helped rescue 93 of 230 survivors. Kevin Dayhoff, Baltimore Sun, 14 Feb. 2024 As ensign, Finnegan worked as a division officer, overseeing the work of a crew of seamen and petty officers in a specific division. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 10 Sep. 2023 Matthew West, a petty officer first class with the U.S. Coast Guard, told PolitiFact the same thing. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 The petty officer, who worked as a construction electrician, is charged in the indictment with conspiracy and receipt of a bribe by a public official. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2023 Read full article Get 6 Months of Unlimited Access for $1 USS Constitution Color Guard petty officer Kimberly Watson holds a flag during the Harborfest Opening Ceremony held in Boston’s Downtown Crossing on July 1, 2022. Lauren Daley,, 28 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of petty officer was in 1744

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“Petty officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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petty officer

: an officer in the Navy or Coast Guard appointed from among enlisted personnel

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