[ kwawr-ter-mas-ter, -mah-ster ]
/ ˈkwɔr tərˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər /


Military. an officer charged with providing quarters, clothing, fuel, transportation, etc., for a body of troops.
Navy. a petty officer having charge of signals, navigating apparatus, etc.

Origin of quartermaster

First recorded in 1400–50, quartermaster is from the late Middle English word quarter maister. See quarter, master

OTHER WORDS FROM quartermaster

quar·ter·mas·ter·like, adjectivequar·ter·mas·ter·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quartermaster

/ (ˈkwɔːtəˌmɑːstə) /


an officer responsible for accommodation, food, and equipment in a military unit
a rating in the navy, usually a petty officer, with particular responsibility for steering a ship and other navigational duties
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