petty officer second class


: an enlisted man in the navy or coast guard ranking above a petty officer third class and below a petty officer first class

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As part of his sentencing, Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Howard, 34, must also forfeit $500 of pay for three months and be reduced in rank to petty officer second class, The Virginian-Pilot reported, citing the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Fox News, 13 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of petty officer second class was in 1880

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“Petty officer second class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

petty officer second class

: a naval petty officer with a rank just below that of petty officer first class
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