from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British An enlisted soldier.
  • n. Chiefly British A commissioned officer who has been promoted from enlisted status.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. comparative form of rank: more rank
  • n. One who ranks things, or arranges them in ranks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who ranks, or disposes in ranks; one who arranges.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who ranks or arranges; one who disposes in ranks.
  • n. A military officer who has risen or been promoted from the ranks.
  • n. A man in the ranks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a commissioned officer who has been promoted from enlisted status
  • n. an enlisted soldier who serves in the ranks of the armed forces


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