rank and file

noun
Updated on: 25 Apr 2018

Definition of rank and file

1 : the enlisted personnel of an armed force
2 : the individuals who constitute the body of an organization, society, or nation as distinguished from the leaders

rank-and-file

play \ˌraŋk-ᵊn-ˈfī(-ə)l\ adjective

rank and filer

play \ˌraŋk-ᵊn-ˈfī-lər\ noun

Examples of rank and file in a Sentence

  1. the chosen few might have the opportunity for a trip in the space shuttle, but it will be a while before the rank and file are taking space trips

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First Known Use of rank and file

1598

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rank and file

noun

legal Definition of rank and file

: the general membership of a union


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