- Military. a staff officer who assists the commanding officer in issuing orders.
- British Military. an executive officer.
- an assistant.
- adjutant stork.
Origin of adjutant
Examples from the Web for adjutant
Historical Examples of adjutant
He came to lean upon O'Moy's writing-table, facing the adjutant.
Yet as they went the adjutant's eyes raked the ballroom in quest of his wife.
"Ye can always thrash an impudent fellow," opined the adjutant.
The interrogation, which seemed almost to cover a reproach, irritated the adjutant.
It was not for Dom Miguel to know that it was the adjutant's fate that was being decided.
- an officer who acts as administrative assistant to a superior officerAbbreviation: adjt, adj
- short for adjutant bird
Word Origin for adjutant
"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).