private first class

noun

Definition of private first class

: an enlisted man ranking in the army above a private and below a corporal and in the marine corps above a private and below a lance corporal

Examples of private first class in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reaching the rank of private first class in the Army, Neary was killed in action in Belgium on Jan. 31, 1945, a week after the Battle of the Bulge ended, at age 22. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2021 At midnight, Bryant, a 19-year-old private first class in the Delaware National Guard, got his orders. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2021 For Bryant, the 19-year-old private first class from Delaware whose deployment to the Capitol was his first visit to Washington, nothing has escaped notice. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2021 Graham was a private first class assigned to the 1st Armored Division as a human resource specialist. Fox News, 5 Jan. 2021 Martin received non-judicial punishment and was reduced to private first class. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021 McDonald said her grandfather, who served as a private first class in the Army before going on to a postwar career with U.S. Steel in Birmingham, tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 23 after her mother – his daughter – got the illness. Jay Reeves, USA TODAY, 4 Dec. 2020 McDonald said her grandfather, who served as a private first class in the Army before going on to a postwar career with U.S. Steel in Birmingham, tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 23 after her mother — his daughter — got the illness. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, 3 Dec. 2020 Handy — a private first class in the U.S. Army — visited Horne Elementary in Cy-Fair ISD on Oct. 13 in uniform to surprise his 10-year-old brother Kyle. Houston Chronicle, 17 Oct. 2020

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Private first class.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/private%20first%20class. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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private first class

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Kids Definition of private first class

: an enlisted person in the army or marine corps ranking above a private

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