drum major

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noun

the marching leader of a drum corps or a band.

Nearby words

  1. drum corps,
  2. drum into someone's head,
  3. drum kit,
  4. drum machine,
  5. drum magazine,
  6. drum majorette,
  7. drum membrane,
  8. drum out,
  9. drum paneling,
  10. drum printer

Origin of drum major

First recorded in 1590–1600

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British Dictionary definitions for drum major

drum major

noun

the noncommissioned officer, usually of warrant officer's rank, who is appointed to command the corps of drums of a military band and who is in command of both the drums and the band when paraded together
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