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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 George Lampman, 93, who retired as a Marine Corps warrant officer in 1968 and then managed cafeterias for the General Services Administration until 1992, died June 20 at the home of a daughter in Charlottesville. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 An Afghan warrant officer took a shotgun wound to the chest, and a village child was shot in the leg. Matt Watters, WSJ, 25 June 2021 The Army was also reviewing a Purple Heart application for Johnnie Jones, a Black 101-year-old former warrant officer. Washington Post, 19 June 2021 Warders must have served a minimum of 22 years in the military, achieved the rank of warrant officer or higher, and have an exemplary record of conduct. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2021 After that, Bishai is set to undergo training to become an Army warrant officer at Ft. al, 16 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Warrant officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warrant%20officer. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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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