- a military officer ranking next below a lieutenant general and next above a brigadier general.
Origin of major general
First recorded in 1635–45
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Examples from the Web for major general
The order of Major-General Howard, above referred to, was read.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
And here President Davis has made me a major-general, and I don't know!
What's the good of being a major-general if you've got to stick close to the pike?
By God, sir, if I were as excellent a major-general as I am a cook!
"There are Campbells to slay, and suppers to eat," the Major-General had said.John Splendid
- military an officer immediately junior to a lieutenant general
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