An enlisted person of any of various grades in the armed forces, as, in the U.S. Army, from corporal to sergeant major inclusive.
A person of authority in the military who has not received a commission (a direct conveyance of authority from the sovereign government); as such they can have charge or control but not command in the most technical use of the word.
A platoon sergeant may only be a noncommissioned officer but he's the one his men look to when the bullets start flying.
An enlisted member of the armed forces, such as a corporal, sergeant, or petty officer, appointed to a rank conferring leadership over other enlisted personnel.
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Noncommissioned-officer Sentence Examples
A French noncommissioned officer of hussars, in crimson uniform and a shaggy cap, shouted to the approaching Balashev to halt.
The noncommissioned officer began talking with his comrades about regimental matters without looking at the Russian general.
One fair-haired young soldier of the third company, whom Prince Andrew knew and who had a strap round the calf of one leg, crossed himself, stepped back to get a good run, and plunged into the water; another, a dark noncommissioned officer who was always shaggy, stood up to his waist in the water joyfully wriggling his muscular figure and snorted with satisfaction as he poured the water over his head with hands blackened to the wrists.
Two steps from him, leaning against a branch and talking loudly and attracting general attention, stood a tall, handsome, black-haired noncommissioned officer with a bandaged head.
An old, noncommissioned officer ran out of the ranks and taking him by the elbow dragged him to his company.