officer

An officer is someone who works for a police force or has a high position in the military. Police officers in some towns and cities patrol on bikes, or occasionally even on horseback.

You might see police officers patrolling in your neighborhood, or guarding a bank, or inspecting bags in a train station. Military officers hold a high rank, and they issue commands to lower-ranking service members, and an officer is also the commander of a military ship. Another kind of officer is simply "a person who holds an office," which can mean an elected position or a senior job at a company, like a "chief executive officer," or CEO.

Definitions of officer
  1. noun
    a member of a police force
    “it was an accident, officer
    synonyms: police officer, policeman
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    Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria
    Soviet chief of secret police under Joseph Stalin; was executed by his associates in the power struggle following Stalin's death (1899-1953)
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    bobby
    an informal term for a British policeman
    bull, cop, copper, fuzz, pig
    uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
    captain, police captain, police chief
    a policeman in charge of a precinct
    constable, police constable
    a police officer of the lowest rank
    detective, investigator, police detective, tec
    a police officer who investigates crimes
    gendarme
    a French policeman
    inspector
    a high ranking police officer
    motorcycle cop, motorcycle policeman, speed cop
    a policeman who rides a motorcycle (and who checks the speeds of motorists)
    police matron, policewoman
    a woman policeman
    Mountie
    colloquial term for a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    shoofly
    an undercover police officer who investigates other policemen
    traffic cop
    a policeman who controls the flow of automobile traffic
    trooper
    a mounted policeman
    state trooper, trooper
    a state police officer
    Chief Constable
    the head of the police force in a county (or similar area)
    crossing guard
    someone who helps people (especially children) at a traffic crossing
    dick, gumshoe, hawkshaw
    someone who is a detective
    meter maid
    policewoman who is assigned to write parking tickets
    plainclothesman
    a detective who wears civilian clothes on duty
    pointsman
    a policeman stationed at an intersection to direct traffic
    tracer
    an investigator who is employed to find missing persons or missing goods
    type of:
    law officer, lawman, peace officer
    an officer of the law
  2. noun
    any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command
    “an officer is responsible for the lives of his men”
    synonyms: military officer
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    Richard Evelyn Byrd
    explorer and United States naval officer; led expeditions to explore Antarctica (1888-1957)
    Stephen Decatur
    United States naval officer remembered for his heroic deeds (1779-1820)
    Admiral Dewey
    a United States naval officer remembered for his victory at Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War
    Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding
    British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)
    Alfred Dreyfus
    French army officer of Jewish descent whose false imprisonment for treason in 1894 raised issues of anti-Semitism that dominated French politics until his release in 1906 (1859-1935)
    David Glasgow Farragut
    United States admiral who commanded Union ships during the American Civil War (1801-1870)
    Sir Arthur Travers Harris
    British marshal of the Royal Air Force; during World War II he directed mass bombing raids against German cities that resulted in heavy civilian casualties (1892-1984)
    Isaac Hull
    United States naval officer who commanded the `Constitution' during the War of 1812 and won a series of brilliant victories against the British (1773-1843)
    John Paul Jones
    American naval commander in the American Revolution (1747-1792)
    Alfred Thayer Mahan
    United States naval officer and historian (1840-1914)
    Duc d'Elchingen
    French marshal in the Napoleonic Wars (1769-1815)
    Chester William Nimitz
    United States admiral of the Pacific fleet during World War II who used aircraft carriers to destroy the Japanese navy (1885-1966)
    Oliver Hazard Perry
    United States commodore who led the fleet that defeated the British on Lake Erie during the War of 1812; brother of Matthew Calbraith Perry (1785-1819)
    Matthew Calbraith Perry
    United States admiral who led a naval expedition to Japan and signed a treaty in 1854 opening up trade relations between United States and Japan; brother of Oliver Hazard Perry (1794-1858)
    Hyman George Rickover
    United States admiral who advocated the development of nuclear submarines (1900-1986)
    Hermann Maurice Saxe
    a French marshal who distinguished himself in the War of the Austrian Succession (1696-1750)
    Gnaeus Julius Agricola
    Roman general who was governor of Britain and extended Roman rule north to the Firth of Forth (37-93)
    Alcibiades
    ancient Athenian statesman and general in the Peloponnesian War (circa 450-404 BC)
    Antigonus Cyclops
    a general of Alexander the Great and king of Macedonia; lost one eye; killed in a battle at Ipsus (382-301 BC)
    Marcus Antonius
    Roman general under Julius Caesar in the Gallic wars; repudiated his wife for the Egyptian queen Cleopatra; they were defeated by Octavian at Actium (83-30 BC)
    Benedict Arnold
    United States general and traitor in the American Revolution; in 1780 his plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled (1741-1801)
    Belisarius
    Byzantine general under Justinian I; he recovered former Roman territories in northern Africa and fought against the Persians
    Belshazzar
    (Old Testament) Babylonian general and son of Nebuchadnezzar II; according to the Old Testament he was warned of his doom by divine handwriting on the wall that was interpreted by Daniel (6th century BC)
    Captain Bligh
    British admiral; was captain of the H.M.S. Bounty in 1789 when part of the crew mutinied and set him afloat in an open boat; a few weeks later he arrived safely in Timor 4,000 miles away (1754-1817)
    El Libertador
    Venezuelan statesman who led the revolt of South American colonies against Spanish rule; founded Bolivia in 1825 (1783-1830)
    Omar Nelson Bradley
    United States general who played an important role in the Allied victory in World War II (1893-1981)
    Braxton Bragg
    Confederate general during the American Civil War who was defeated by Grant in the battle of Chattanooga (1817-1876)
    Gentleman Johnny
    British general in the American Revolution who captured Fort Ticonderoga but lost the battle of Saratoga in 1777 (1722-1792)
    Ambrose Everett Burnside
    United States general in the American Civil War who was defeated by Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Fredericksburg (1824-1881)
    Gaius Julius Caesar
    conqueror of Gaul and master of Italy (100-44 BC)
    Chiang Chung-cheng
    Chinese military and political figure; in the Chinese civil war that followed World War II he was defeated by the Chinese communists and in 1949 was forced to withdraw to Taiwan where he served as president of Nationalist China until his death (1897-1975)
    First Duke of Marlborough
    English general considered one of the greatest generals in history (1650-1722)
    Mark Wayne Clark
    United States general who was Allied commander in Africa and Italy in World War II and was commander of the United Nations forces in Korea (1896-1984)
    Karl von Clausewitz
    Prussian general and military theorist who proposed a doctrine of total war and war as an extension of diplomacy (1780-1831)
    Lucius DuBignon Clay
    United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978)
    Baron Clive of Plassey
    British general and statesman whose victory at Plassey in 1757 strengthened British control of India (1725-1774)
    First Marquess Cornwallis
    commander of the British forces in the American War of Independence; was defeated by American and French troops at Yorktown (1738-1805)
    Oliver Cromwell
    English general and statesman who led the parliamentary army in the English Civil War (1599-1658)
    Butcher Cumberland
    English general; son of George II; fought unsuccessfully in the battle of Fontenoy (1721-1765)
    George Armstrong Custer
    United States general who was killed along with all his command by the Sioux at the Battle of Little Bighorn (1839-1876)
    Moshe Dayan
    Israeli general and statesman (1915-1981)
    Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle
    French general and statesman who became very popular during World War II as the leader of the Free French forces in exile (1890-1970)
    Demetrius Poliorcetes
    son of Antigonus Cyclops and king of Macedonia; he and his father were defeated at the battle of Ipsus (337-283 BC)
    James Harold Doolittle
    United States Air Force officer who electrified the world in 1942 by leading a squadron of 16 bombers on a daylight raid over Tokyo (1896-1993)
    Sir Francis Drake
    English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)
    Dwight David Eisenhower
    United States general who supervised the invasion of Normandy and the defeat of Nazi Germany; 34th President of the United States (1890-1961)
    Prince Eugene of Savoy
    Austrian general in the service of the Holy Roman Empire during the War of the Spanish Succession (1663-1736)
    Gaius Flaminius
    Roman statesman and general who built the Flaminian Way; died when he was defeated by Hannibal (died 217 BC)
    Francisco Franco
    Spanish general whose armies took control of Spain in 1939 and who ruled as a dictator until his death (1892-1975)
    Giuseppe Garibaldi
    Italian patriot whose conquest of Sicily and Naples led to the formation of the Italian state (1807-1882)
    Ulysses Simpson Grant
    18th President of the United States; commander of the Union armies in the American Civil War (1822-1885)
    Leslie Richard Groves
    United States general who served as military director of the atomic bomb project (1896-1970)
    Hannibal
    general who commanded the Carthaginian army in the second Punic War; crossed the Alps and defeated the Romans but was recalled to defend Carthage and was defeated (247-182 BC)
    Hasdrubal
    general who commanded a Carthaginian army in Spain; joined his brother Hannibal in Italy and was killed by the Romans at the battle of Metaurus River (died 207 BC)
    Paul Ludwig von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg
    German field marshal and statesman; as president of the Weimar Republic he reluctantly appointed Hitler as chancellor in 1933 (1847-1934)
    Holofernes
    (Apocrypha) the Assyrian general who was decapitated by the biblical heroine Judith
    Fighting Joe Hooker
    United States general in the Union Army who was defeated at Chancellorsville by Robert E. Lee (1814-1879)
    Samuel Houston
    United States politician and military leader who fought to gain independence for Texas from Mexico and to make it a part of the United States (1793-1863)
    Andrew Jackson
    7th president of the US; successfully defended New Orleans from the British in 1815; expanded the power of the presidency (1767-1845)
    Thomas Jonathan Jackson
    general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War whose troops at the first Battle of Bull Run stood like a stone wall (1824-1863)
    Joseph Jacques Cesaire Joffre
    French field marshal who commanded the Allied armies in France during World War II (1852-1931)
    Joseph Eggleston Johnston
    Confederate general in the American Civil War; led the Confederate troops in the West (1807-1891)
    Joseph ben Matthias
    Jewish general who led the revolt of the Jews against the Romans and then wrote a history of those events (37-100)
    First Earl Kitchener of Khartoum
    British field marshal (1850-1916)
    Mikhail Ilarionovich Kutuzov
    Russian field marshal who commanded the Russian opposition to Napoleon (1745-1813)
    Robert Edward Lee
    American general who led the Confederate Armies in the American Civil War (1807-1870)
    Lucius Licinius Lucullus
    Roman general famous for self-indulgence and giving lavish banquets (circa 110-57 BC)
    Lucius Licinius Luculus
    Roman general famous for giving lavish banquets (110-57 BC)
    Lysander
    Spartan general who defeated the Athenians in the final battle of the Peloponnesian War (died in 395 BC)
    Lysimachus
    Macedonian general under Alexander the Great; with Seleucus he defeated Antigonus and Demetrius at the battle of Ipsus (circa 355-281 BC)
    Douglas MacArthur
    United States general who served as chief of staff and commanded Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II; he accepted the surrender of Japan (1880-1964)
    George Catlett Marshall
    United States general and statesman who as Secretary of State organized the European Recovery Program (1880-1959)
    George Gordon Meade
    United States general in charge of the Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg (1815-1872)
    Miltiades
    Athenian general who defeated the Persians at Marathon (540-489)
    William Mitchell
    United States aviator and general who was an early advocate of military air power (1879-1936)
    1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
    English general during World War II; won victories over Rommel in North Africa and led British ground forces in the invasion of Normandy (1887-1976)
    Napoleon Bonaparte
    French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)
    Viscount Nelson
    English admiral who defeated the French fleets of Napoleon but was mortally wounded at Trafalgar (1758-1805)
    John Joseph Pershing
    United States general who commanded the American forces in Europe during World War I (1860-1948)
    George Edward Pickett
    American Confederate general known for leading a disastrous charge at Gettysburg (1825-1875)
    Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus
    Roman general and statesman who quarrelled with Caesar and fled to Egypt where he was murdered (106-48 BC)
    Colin luther Powell
    United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)
    Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur
    French general who commanded French troops in the American Revolution, notably at Yorktown (1725-1807)
    Erwin Rommel
    German field marshal noted for brilliant generalship in North Africa during World War II (1891-1944)
    Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt
    German field marshal in World War II who directed the conquest of Poland and led the Ardennes counteroffensive (1875-1953)
    Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
    Mexican general who tried to crush the Texas revolt and who lost battles to Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War (1795-1876)
    Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major
    Roman general who commanded the invasion of Carthage in the second Punic War and defeated Hannibal at Zama (circa 237-183 BC)
    Winfield Scott
    United States general who was a hero of the War of 1812 and who defeated Santa Anna in the Mexican War (1786-1866)
    Seleucus I Nicator
    Macedonian general who accompanied Alexander the Great into Asia; founded a line of kings who reigned in Asia Minor until 65 BC (358-281 BC)
    William Tecumseh Sherman
    United States general who was commander of all Union troops in the West; he captured Atlanta and led a destructive march to the sea that cut the Confederacy in two (1820-1891)
    Siraj-ud-daula
    Indian general and nawab of Bengal who opposed the colonization of India by England; he captured Calcutta in 1756 and many of his prisoners suffocated in a crowded room that became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta; he was defeated at the battle of Plassey by a group of Indian nobles in alliance with Robert Clive (1728-1757)
    Joseph Warren Stilwell
    United States general who commanded the Allied forces in China and Burma and India during World War II (1883-1946)
    Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix
    Roman general and dictator (138-78 BC)
    Albrecht Eusebius Wenzel von Wallenstein
    Austrian general who fought for the Hapsburgs during the Thirty Years' War (1583-1634)
    President Washington
    1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799)
    Archibald Percival Wavell
    British field marshal in North Africa in World War II; he defeated the Italians before being defeated by the Germans (1883-1950)
    Mad Anthony Wayne
    American general during the American Revolution (1745-1796)
    First Duke of Wellington
    British general and statesman; he defeated Napoleon at Waterloo; subsequently served as Prime Minister (1769-1852)
    Xenophon
    Greek general and historian; student of Socrates (430-355 BC)
    Isoroku Yamamoto
    Japanese admiral who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 (1884-1943)
    Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov
    Soviet general who during World Warr II directed the counteroffensive at Stalingrad and relieved Leningrad and captured Berlin (1896-1974)
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    adjutant, aide, aide-de-camp
    an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
    army officer
    an officer in the armed forces
    brass hat
    a high-ranking military officer
    chief of staff
    the senior officer of a service of the armed forces
    commandant, commander, commanding officer
    an officer in command of a military unit
    commissioned officer
    a military officer holding a commission
    desk officer
    a military officer who is not assigned to active duty
    executive officer
    the officer second in command
    inspector general
    a military officer responsible for investigations
    military adviser, military advisor
    a military officer who serves as an adviser to the troops of an allied nation
    naval officer
    an officer in the navy
    enlisted officer, noncom, noncommissioned officer
    a military officer appointed from enlisted personnel
    warrant officer
    holds rank by virtue of a warrant
    Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin, Grigori Potemkin, Grigori Potyokin, Potemkin, Potyokin
    a Russian officer and politician who was a favorite of Catherine II and in 1762 helped her to seize power; when she visited the Crimea in 1787 he gave the order for sham villages to be built (1739-1791)
    SACLANT, Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
    commanding officer of ACLANT; a general of the United States Army nominated by the President of the United States and approved by the North Atlantic Council
    SACEUR, Supreme Allied Commander Europe
    commanding officer of ACE; NATO's senior military commander in Europe
    adjutant general
    a general's adjutant; chief administrative officer
    aircraftman, aircraftsman
    a noncommissioned officer in the British Royal Air Force
    bombardier
    a noncommissioned officer in the British artillery
    chief petty officer
    a person with the senior noncommissioned naval rank
    commander in chief, generalissimo
    the officer who holds the supreme command
    commissioned military officer
    a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps
    commissioned naval officer
    a commissioned officer in the navy
    corporal
    a noncommissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines
    drill instructor, drill master
    a noncommissioned officer who instructs recruits in military marching and discipline
    judge advocate
    an officer assigned to the judge advocate general
    judge advocate general
    the senior legal advisor to a branch of the military
    lance corporal
    an enlisted man in the marine corps ranking above a private first class and below a corporal
    line officer
    a commissioned officer with combat units (not a staff officer or a supply officer)
    naval commander
    naval officer in command of a fleet of warships
    P.O., PO, petty officer
    a noncommissioned officer in the Navy or Coast Guard with a rank comparable to sergeant in the Army
    quartermaster
    an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops
    ranker
    a commissioned officer who has been promoted from enlisted status
    sergeant
    any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a corporal
    staff officer
    a commissioned officer assigned to a military commander's staff
    supply officer
    a commissioned officer responsible for logistics
    wing commander
    (RAF rank) one who is next below a group captain
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    man, military man, military personnel, serviceman
    someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
  3. noun
    someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust
    “he is an officer of the court”
    “the club elected its officers for the coming year”
    synonyms: officeholder
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    probation officer
    the officer of the court who supervises probationers
    sergeant at arms, serjeant-at-arms
    an officer (as of a legislature or court) who maintains order and executes commands
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    holder
    a person who holds something
    functionary, official
    a worker who holds or is invested with an office
  4. noun
    a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel
    “he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines”
    synonyms: ship's officer
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    Sir John Hawkins
    English privateer involved in the slave trade; later helped build the fleet that in 1588 defeated the Spanish Armada (1532-1595)
    Captain Kidd
    Scottish sea captain who was hired to protect British shipping in the Indian Ocean and then was accused of piracy and hanged (1645-1701)
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    captain, master, sea captain, skipper
    an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
    first mate, mate
    the officer below the master on a commercial ship
    privateer, privateersman
    an officer or crew member of a privateer
    purser
    an officer aboard a ship who keeps accounts and attends to the passengers' welfare
    navigator, sailing master
    the ship's officer in charge of navigation
    steward
    the ship's officer who is in charge of provisions and dining arrangements
    supercargo
    an officer on a merchant ship in charge of the cargo and its sale and purchase
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    Jack, Jack-tar, gob, mariner, old salt, sea dog, seafarer, seaman, tar
    a man who serves as a sailor
  5. verb
    direct or command as an officer
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    command
    be in command of
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