noncommissioned officer

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Noncommissioned \Non`com*mis"sioned\, a.
   Not having a commission.
   [1913 Webster]

   Noncommissioned officer (Mil.), a subordinate officer not
      appointed by a commission from the chief executive or
      supreme authority of the State; but by the Secretary of
      War or by the commanding officer of the regiment.
      [1913 Webster]
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