- 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
Examples from the Web for quartermaster
The quartermaster's and medical departments were without trained assistants.The Downfall
Besides, Quartermaster Cornhill showed no signs of laughing.
Then the loud call of the quartermaster and the ringing of eight bells.Submarine Warfare of To-day
Charles W. Domville-Fife
He sadly told her that the quartermaster was in great trouble.A War-Time Wooing
Quartermaster,” said he, as he stepped up to the helmsman, “how does she sail?Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- 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
Word Origin and History for quartermaster
early 15c., "subordinate officer of a ship," from French quartier-maître or directly from Dutch kwartier-meester; originally a ship's officer whose duties included stowing of the hold; later (c.1600) an officer in charge of quarters and rations for troops. See quarters.