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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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  • Upon my word, their native mountain has the air of a drum major.

  • In the concourse of present-day poets she is a kind of drum major.

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

    Freckles Gene Stratton-Porter
  • He wondered if it would be tactful to ask him if he had ever been a drum major.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • Occasionally some of the boys would suggest to Harry Marshall, our drum major, that it was about time for us to fall out.

    Drum Taps in Dixie Delavan S. Miller
  • The drum major following the staff turned and swung his baton, then resumed his former position.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • The choir proper consists of three sergeants and one corporal, and our tenor is his magnificence, the drum major!

  • 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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