[ dril-mas-ter, -mah-ster ]
/ ˈdrɪlˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər /


a person who trains others in something, especially routinely or mechanically.
Military. a person who instructs in marching drill.

Origin of drillmaster

First recorded in 1865–70; drill1 + master
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Example sentences from the Web for drillmaster

  • He was the drillmaster of the American Revolution, but he was also its greatest student of the human mind and heart.

    The Armed Forces Officer|U. S. Department of Defense
  • Clark is not as good a drillmaster as Dillon, not enough vivacity and life.

    An Artilleryman's Diary|Jenkin Lloyd Jones
  • They were getting very tired of the drill, and in the humor to nag and balk the drillmaster.

British Dictionary definitions for drillmaster

/ (ˈdrɪlˌmɑːstə) /


Also called: drill sergeant obsolete a military drill instructor
a person who instructs in a strict manner
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