warrant officer


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

Examples of warrant officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lady Ghika will step forward to present the shamrock to officers and warrant officers, who will in turn issue it along the ranks. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2024 But while Rick’s fate remained a mystery, Jadis Stokes — reassuming her first name from the Heaps while taking on then boyfriend Father Gabriel’s last name — reappeared on The Walking Dead: World Beyond as a warrant officer for the CRM. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 19 Dec. 2023 Next up, Morgan will go to warrant officer school for six weeks in November, and then will fulfill his Army Reserves commitment one weekend per month, and two weeks per year, alongside his music career commitments. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 31 July 2023 In 1967, John Walker, a heavily indebted bar owner who was also a warrant officer in the U.S. Navy specializing in submarine communication, walked into the Soviet embassy with a naval cipher and negotiated a weekly salary of $500-$1000 in exchange for a steady flow of national secrets. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 That same year, a warrant officer in the 200th posted videos on social media accusing superiors of neglect and corruption. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2022 The Daphne police warrant officer went to Mobile Regional Airport on Monday morning and took Bell into custody. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, 26 Sep. 2022 One exhibit shows the tools that John Walker, a Navy warrant officer and Soviet spy, used to try and steal American codes for the Russians. Julian E. Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2022 The warrant officer has denied all charges against him. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of warrant officer was in 1693

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“Warrant officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warrant%20officer. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

warrant officer

: a military or naval officer with any of the ranks between those of commissioned officers and those of noncommissioned officers
especially : a warrant officer of lowest rank
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