sergeant major

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noun

U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative assistant in a unit headquarters.
U.S. Marine Corps. a noncommissioned officer ranking above a first sergeant.
a small damselfish, Abudefduf saxatilis, inhabiting warm Atlantic waters, having vertical black stripes on each side.

Nearby words

  1. sergeant,
  2. sergeant at arms,
  3. sergeant at law,
  4. sergeant baker,
  5. sergeant first class,
  6. sergeantfish,
  7. sergeanty,
  8. sergipe,
  9. sergius,
  10. sergius i

Origin of sergeant major

First recorded in 1565–75

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British Dictionary definitions for sergeant major

sergeant major

noun

a noncommissioned officer of the highest rank or having specific administrative tasks in branches of the armed forces of various countries
a large damselfish, Abudefduf saxatilis, having a bluish-grey body marked with black stripes
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