adjutant

[aj-uh-tuh nt]
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noun
  1. Military. a staff officer who assists the commanding officer in issuing orders.
  2. British Military. an executive officer.
  3. an assistant.
  4. adjutant stork.

Origin of adjutant

1590–1600; < Latin adjūtant- (stem of adjūtāns, present participle of adjūtāre to help, assist), equivalent to ad- ad- + jū- (variant stem of juvāre to help) + -t- frequentative suffix + -ant- -ant
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Related Words for adjutant

auxiliary, helper, aide

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Historical Examples of adjutant

  • He came to lean upon O'Moy's writing-table, facing the adjutant.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Yet as they went the adjutant's eyes raked the ballroom in quest of his wife.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "Ye can always thrash an impudent fellow," opined the adjutant.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The interrogation, which seemed almost to cover a reproach, irritated the adjutant.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • It was not for Dom Miguel to know that it was the adjutant's fate that was being decided.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for adjutant

adjutant

noun
  1. an officer who acts as administrative assistant to a superior officerAbbreviation: adjt, adj
  2. short for adjutant bird
Derived Formsadjutancy, noun

Word Origin for adjutant

C17: from Latin adjūtāre to aid
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Word Origin and History for adjutant
n.

"military officer who assists superior officers," c.1600, from Latin adiutantem (nominative adiutans), present participle of adiutare "to give help to, help zealously, serve," frequentative of adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "help, assist, aid, support," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iuvare "to help, give strength, support," perhaps from same root as iuvenis "young person" (see young).

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