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noun, plural aids-de-camp.
  1. aide-de-camp.
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or aid-de-camp

noun, plural aides-de-camp.
  1. a subordinate military or naval officer acting as a confidential assistant to a superior, usually to a general officer or admiral.
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Origin of aide-de-camp

1660–70; < French: literally, camp helper; see aid, de, camp1
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Historical Examples of aid-de-camp

  • A ball directed at me has killed the horse of my aid-de-camp by my side.

    Louis Philippe

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • "Place him in a chair, then," said the aid-de-camp, for such he was.

  • I remember exactly how he looked; he had his aid-de-camp with him.

    The White Rose of Memphis

    William C. Falkner

  • Early in May Washington was made an aid-de-camp to the general.

  • During this silence, the aid-de-camp stood in expectation of orders.

    The Spy

    J. Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for aid-de-camp



noun plural aides-de-camp or aids-de-camp
  1. a military officer serving as personal assistant to a seniorAbbreviation: ADC
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Word Origin for aide-de-camp

C17: from French: camp assistant
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