staff officer

noun

Definition of staff officer 

: a commissioned officer assigned to a military commander's staff — compare line officer

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Hooker earned a reputation as a capable staff officer during the Mexican-American War. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "5 things about ‘Fighting Joe’ Hooker," 19 Mar. 2018 Engineers and staff officers were put to the dangerous duty of supplying the place of both maps and guides. . . Lance Morrow, National Review, "Ulysses Grant’s America and Ours," 2 Nov. 2017 Harward would have come to the job with the experience of a warrior, a commander, an analyst, and a staff officer. Fred Kaplan, Slate Magazine, "By rejecting the national security adviser job, Robert Harward gave cover to every professional who wants to turn the president down.," 16 Feb. 2017

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1777, in the meaning defined above

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staff officer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of staff officer

: an officer who is a member of a military commander's staff

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