Officer


Officer
Officer Of"fi*cer, n. [F. officier. See {Office}, and cf. {Official}, n.] 1. One who holds an office; a person lawfully invested with an office, whether civil, military, or ecclesiastical; as, a church officer; a police officer; a staff officer. ``I am an officer of state.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (U. S. Mil.) Specifically, a commissioned officer, in distinction from a warrant officer or an enlisted man. [1913 Webster]

{Field officer}, {General officer}, etc. See under {Field}, {General}. etc.

{Officer of the day} (Mil.), the officer who, on a given day, has charge for that day of the guard, prisoners, and police of the post or camp; abbreviated O. D., OD, or O. O. D.

{Officer of the deck}, or {Officer of the watch} (Naut.), the officer temporarily in charge on the deck of a vessel, esp. a war vessel. [1913 Webster]


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