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drum major

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noun
  1. the marching leader of a drum corps or a band.

Origin of drum major

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for drum major

Historical Examples

  • There's somebody's come in, into the kitchen; may be it's the drum-major.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • And how will I git all in again, before the drum-major's in it?

  • I beg your pardon for not knowing—would it be the drum-major, sir?

  • Loubet, before parting with his, gave it a twirl as a drum-major does his cane.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • There, all the drum-major does with his stick is just to point it the way the band is to go.

    Back Home

    Eugene Wood


British Dictionary definitions for drum major

drum major

noun
  1. the noncommissioned officer, usually of warrant officer's rank, who is appointed to command the corps of drums of a military band and who is in command of both the drums and the band when paraded together
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