Definition of flag officer in English:

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flag officer

Pronunciation: /flaɡ ˈôfəsər/ /ˈäfəsər/

noun

1An admiral, vice admiral, or rear admiral.
Example sentences
  • One flag officer billet and Naval Surface Group 2 will be disestablished, creating personnel savings and alignment efficiencies.
  • Also prominent at the event were the flag officer for the fleet and other top-ranking officers.
  • Its battle staff, when airborne, was under the command of a flag officer - an Air Force general officer or a Navy admiral.
1.1The commodore of a yacht club.

Origin

Mid 17th century: flag, because the officer had the privilege of carrying a flag that denoted his rank.

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