sergeant major


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.

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Origin of sergeant major

First recorded in 1565–75
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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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