Definition of OBE noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌəʊ biː ˈiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊ biː ˈiː//
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the abbreviation for ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ (an award given in Britain for a special achievement) She was made an OBE. Matthew Silk OBE Culture The achievement can be in any activity, including sport, entertainment, politics and business. People who receive an OBE may put the letters OBE after their name. It is the fourth highest honour within the Order of the British Empire, above an MBE but below a CBE (Commander of the British Empire)