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private first class

Syllabification: pri·vate first class

Definition of private first class in English:

noun

An enlisted person in the armed forces, in particular (in the US Army) an enlisted person ranking above private and below corporal or (in the US Marine Corps) an enlisted person ranking above private and below lance corporal.
Example sentences
  • We did, however, have command sergeants major through privates first class apply as well.
  • Specialists and privates first class, lead by newly promoted sergeants, perform most dismounted patrols and observation posts.
  • Attendees included privates first class by April 1959; nearly 80 percent were tech service specialists in 1966.

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