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[aj-uh-tuh nt] /ˈædʒ ə tənt/
Military. a staff officer who assists the commanding officer in issuing orders.
British Military. an executive officer.
an assistant.
Origin of adjutant
1590-1600; < Latin adjūtant- (stem of adjūtāns, present participle of adjūtāre to help, assist), equivalent to ad- ad- + jū- (variant stem of juvāre to help) + -t- frequentative suffix + -ant- -ant Unabridged
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  • He came to lean upon O'Moy's writing-table, facing the adjutant.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Yet as they went the adjutant's eyes raked the ballroom in quest of his wife.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • "Ye can always thrash an impudent fellow," opined the adjutant.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • The interrogation, which seemed almost to cover a reproach, irritated the adjutant.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • It was not for Dom Miguel to know that it was the adjutant's fate that was being decided.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • For many years he was adjutant general of the state of Nebraska.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • As adjutant my place had been with the colonel at the head of the column.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • The adjutant's last order crisped, coldly metallic, soldierly as ever.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • Then they break into platoons, and are inspected, man by man, by the adjutant and his aides.

  • "Then go at once and get the key from the adjutant," said Lieutenant Santierra.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for adjutant


an officer who acts as administrative assistant to a superior officer Abbreviation adjt, adj
short for adjutant bird
Derived Forms
adjutancy, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin adjūtāre to aid
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Word Origin and History for adjutant

"military officer who assists superior officers," c.1600, from Latin adiutantem (nominative adiutans), present participle of adiutare "to give help to, help zealously, serve," frequentative of adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "help, assist, aid, support," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iuvare "to help, give strength, support," perhaps from same root as iuvenis "young person" (see young).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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