flag officer
noun Etymology: from such officers being entitled to display a flag with one or more stars indicating rank Date: 1665 any of the officers in the navy or coast guard above captain — compare general officer

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Flag officer — Flag Flag, n. [Cf. LG. & G. flagge, Sw. flagg, Dan. flag, D. vlag. See {Flag} to hang loose.] 1. That which flags or hangs down loosely. [1913 Webster] 2. A cloth usually bearing a device or devices and used to indicate nationality, party, etc.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flag-officer — flagˈ officer noun A naval officer privileged to carry a flag denoting his rank of admiral, vice admiral, rear admiral or commodore • • • Main Entry: ↑flag …   Useful english dictionary

  • flag officer — ☆ flag officer n. U.S. Navy any officer above the rank of captain, entitled to display a flag indicating rank …   English World dictionary

  • Flag officer — A flag officer is a commissioned officer who is senior enough to be entitled to fly a flag to represent where he exercises command. Typically, usage of the term flag officer refers to the senior officers in a nation s navy, specifically those who …   Wikipedia

  • flag officer — flag′ of ficer n. mil a naval officer above the rank of captain • Etymology: 1655–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • flag officer — noun a) A naval officer with the rank of rear admiral or above, such officers are entitled to fly a personal flag, especially on the flagship. b) (US military, informal) In addition to naval officers of Navy and the Coast Guard, a general officer …   Wiktionary

  • flag officer — high ranking naval officer entitled to display a flag indicating his rank, naval officer in command of a group of ships, any officer in the navy above captain …   English contemporary dictionary

  • flag officer — 1. a naval officer above the rank of captain, as a fleet admiral, admiral, vice admiral, rear admiral, or commodore, who is entitled to display a flag indicating his or her rank. 2. (formerly) an officer in command of a fleet, squadron, or group… …   Universalium

  • flag officer — /ˈflæg ɒfəsə/ (say flag ofuhsuh) noun a naval officer, as an admiral, vice admiral, or rear admiral entitled to display a flag showing their rank …   Australian English dictionary

  • flag officer — noun a senior naval officer above the rank of captain • Topics: ↑military, ↑armed forces, ↑armed services, ↑military machine, ↑war machine • Hypernyms: ↑commissioned naval officer …   Useful english dictionary

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