from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An officer who holds a commission and ranks as a second lieutenant or above in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps, or as an ensign or above in the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard.
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- n. An officer who derives authority directly from a sovereign power and, as such, hold a commission charging them with the duties and responsibilities of a specific office or position.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a military officer holding a commission
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On Res.rel. to the right of a commissioned officer of the Confed.