petty officer


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 After leaving the Coast Guard as an electronics technician 3rd class petty officer, Nieves made good on his plan graduating from SCAD with a bachelor’s in animation and a master’s in interactive design and game development. John Benson, cleveland, 14 June 2022 Then in the present, Billy's nephew Sean turns out to be the prime suspect in the shooting death of possum-loving petty officer Danna Calley. Sara Netzley,, 15 Mar. 2022 Williams, who had been a petty officer at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, first reported Taylor Rose Williams missing in November 2019., 3 Mar. 2022 He was promoted to the equivalent of a petty officer after the rules were changed. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Sep. 2021 At least four female victims have taken their own lives in the past eight years, including a ​navy ​chief petty officer who was found dead in her ​apartment in August. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The unnamed sailor depicted in the statue is believed to be approximately 25 years old and a senior second class petty officer, according to the U.S. Navy Memorial. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 Mihalek, 94, a resident at Capri’s The Gables of Germantown Himmel Haus, is a former U.S. Navy petty officer-second class who served from February 1945 to July 1946 and in the Korean War. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2021 The flames had gone down significantly as of 10:45 p.m. Monday, but first responders remained at the scene, USCG petty officer Emma Fliszar said Monday night., 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of petty officer

1744, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of petty officer was in 1744

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11 Jul 2022

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“Petty officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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

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