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aide-de-camp

or aid-de-camp

[eyd-duh-kamp]
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noun, plural aides-de-camp.
  1. a subordinate military or naval officer acting as a confidential assistant to a superior, usually to a general officer or admiral.
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Origin of aide-de-camp

1660–70; < French: literally, camp helper; see aid, de, camp1
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Examples from the Web for aide-de-camp

Historical Examples

  • With the nearest colonel was Lieutenant Helm, the aide-de-camp.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • He returns to the Emperor, on whose knees an aide-de-camp was unfolding a map.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • There was none with him save an aide-de-camp, who stood by the door, erect and mute.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • "My aide-de-camp, Lieutenant Burke," replied the general, presenting me.

  • You would have him an aide-de-camp: now he is both one and the other.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for aide-de-camp

aide-de-camp

aid-de-camp

noun plural aides-de-camp or aids-de-camp
  1. a military officer serving as personal assistant to a seniorAbbreviation: ADC
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Word Origin

C17: from French: camp assistant
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