warrant officer


Definition of warrant officer

1 : an officer in the armed forces holding rank by virtue of a warrant and ranking above a noncommissioned officer and below a commissioned officer
2 : a commissioned officer ranking below an ensign in the navy or coast guard and below a second lieutenant in the marine corps

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Handing out sprigs of shamrock to officers and warrant officers amongst the 350 troops, Duchess Kate looked thrilled to meet their mascot, Domnhall the Irish Wolfhound. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Duchess of Cambridge stuns in emerald St. Patrick’s Day look," 17 Mar. 2018 Some of the reorganization included moving one of the current police officers over to the municipal courts as a warrant officer who can also provide backup when needed. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton city officials explain rollback tax election," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of warrant officer

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of warrant officer

: an officer of middle rank in various branches of the armed forces

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Kids Definition of warrant officer

: an officer in the armed forces in one of the grades between commissioned officers and noncommissioned officers

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