[ dril-mas-ter, -mah-ster ]
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  1. a person who trains others in something, especially routinely or mechanically.

  2. Military. a person who instructs in marching drill.

Origin of drillmaster

First recorded in 1865–70; drill1 + master

Words Nearby drillmaster

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How to use drillmaster in a sentence

  • To become an excellent drillmaster means simply that you have mastered a detail.

    The Plattsburg Manual | O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • As a mathematical instructor I imagine Wrigley was a good drillmaster rather than an inspiring teacher.

    Rustic Sounds | Francis Darwin
  • They were getting very tired of the drill, and in the humor to nag and balk the drillmaster.

  • Another calls Grant a great drillmaster, exhibiting him as the teacher of his own generals.

    The Battle of Principles | Newell Dwight Hillis
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for drillmaster


/ (ˈdrɪlˌmɑːstə) /

  1. Also called: drill sergeant obsolete a military drill instructor

  2. a person who instructs in a strict manner

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