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drum major

the marching leader of a drum corps or a band.
Origin of drum major
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Kemp, sailing down the aisle, like a Lilliputian drum major, tripped over Randy's foot.

    The Trumpeter Swan Temple Bailey
  • Upon my word, their native mountain has the air of a drum major.

  • The drum major conducts the band to a position 30 paces in rear of the column, if not already there, and opens ranks.

  • The father was strutting with all the importance of a drum major.

    Freckles Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Larry shrugged his shoulders more snugly into his new uniform, assumed the bearing of a drum major and duly proceeded.

    Dorothy's Travels Evelyn Raymond
  • The choir proper consists of three sergeants and one corporal, and our tenor is his magnificence, the drum major!

  • The drum major following the staff turned and swung his baton, then resumed his former position.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • Took only two tries to teach him to stand up on his hind legs and walk for his meals, as straight as a drum major.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for drum major

drum major

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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