Definition of flag officer in US English:

flag officer


  • 1An admiral, vice admiral, or rear admiral.

    • ‘In contrast, only around 30 percent of the serving flag officers in the U.S. Navy have attended even one senior service college, while less than 5 percent have attended both an intermediate and a senior service college.’
    • ‘It would be headed by a flag officer who is supported by senior program management and requirements officers from each of the services.’
    • ‘Only those who bear direct responsibility, the U.S. Navy's senior civilian and uniformed flag officers, can ever hope to change this mentality.’
    • ‘Andrea, personally I'm surprised after all that they didn't escort you to the flag officer's lounge when you walked in here.’
    • ‘It remains the only domestic example of Newton's work in Scotland and for more than 70 years has provided accommodation for successive Scottish and Northern Irish admirals and flag officers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The commanders and captains selected in the twenty years following the passage of the act were to become the flag officers who led the Navy in its greatest test, and finest hours, during World War II.’
    • ‘At the same time less senior flag officers might be released early in order to avoid slowing promotion rates to prized positions at the one and two star level.’
    • ‘One flag officer billet and Naval Surface Group 2 will be disestablished, creating personnel savings and alignment efficiencies.’
    • ‘These reforms will proceed beyond formal education and training opportunities and include how the US armed forces ‘grow’ senior general and flag officers.’
    • ‘Each of these categories had its own flag officer, although elements of his command, especially where the smaller types were concerned, were often placed under the operational control of other commands and task forces.’
    • ‘Gold lace became confined to flag officers in both dress and undress uniforms; captains wore it only in full dress.’
    • ‘The flag officer flying with us had a plane to catch for another meeting in a couple of hours.’
    • ‘Section 1032 would eliminate the existing requirement that the U.S. Defense Attaché in France be a flag officer or selected to be a flag officer.’
    • ‘Megaproblem management requires the supervision of a high-level general or flag officer who is charged with handling these interdependencies as a normal course of his work.’
    • ‘During the 1920s and 1930s, he emerged as the most important flag officer in American Naval Aviation.’
    • ‘At the flag officer level, however, that recognition, while important, is baseline.’
    • ‘If such a program is to succeed, maritime history in the Navy will have to have the direct attention and the solid and continuing support of the flag officers who lead the service.’
    • ‘A naval flag officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Task Force 63 will be commanded by the chief of the educational training and doctrine development command.’
    1. 1.1 The commodore of a yacht club.


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


flag officer

/flaɡ ˈôfəsər/