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sergeant major

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noun
  1. U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative assistant in a unit headquarters.
  2. U.S. Marine Corps. a noncommissioned officer ranking above a first sergeant.
  3. a small damselfish, Abudefduf saxatilis, inhabiting warm Atlantic waters, having vertical black stripes on each side.

Origin of sergeant major

First recorded in 1565–75
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Examples from the Web for sergeant major

Historical Examples

  • Thomas Maxwell, sergeant-major, promoted to sergeant-major from Co.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock

  • According to the sergeant-major's version,—and who could venture to contradict him?

  • "The large wall tents over there on the hill," directed the sergeant-major.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • "He's a plumb beauty, that horse," remarked the sergeant-major.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • A sergeant-major, brought for the moment opposite him, uttered an exclamation.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston


British Dictionary definitions for sergeant major

sergeant major

noun
  1. a noncommissioned officer of the highest rank or having specific administrative tasks in branches of the armed forces of various countries
  2. a large damselfish, Abudefduf saxatilis, having a bluish-grey body marked with black stripes
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