ad·​ju·​tant | \ ˈa-jə-tənt How to pronounce adjutant (audio) \

Definition of adjutant

1 : a staff officer in the army, air force, or marine corps who assists the commanding officer and is responsible especially for correspondence
2 : one who helps : assistant

Examples of adjutant in a Sentence

the senator's adjutants and aides always arrive ahead of him on the campaign trail
Recent Examples on the Web Middletown’s Post 583 is a consolidation completed this year of another city post and the Middlefield-Rockfall post, current Post 583 adjutant Michael Rogalsky said. Jesse Leavenworth,, 18 Nov. 2021 The governor installed Mancino after having removed the state's prior adjutant, Maj. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 14 Nov. 2021 And an endearing Brian Mackey completes the cast as Butler’s not-too-bright adjutant, Union Lt. Kelly, who serves as a comic foil for Butler’s bullying behavior. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2021 Suzette Heller, department adjutant for the American Legion Department of Ohio, said she was told Sunday that Suchan had resigned. NBC News, 9 June 2021 Jim Garrison, adjutant of American Legion Post 464, resigned last Friday. NBC News, 9 June 2021 Suzette Heller, the state Legion’s department adjutant, told the Akron Beacon Journal that Suchan was also asked to resign by Legion officials but has not. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 Jim Garrison, the former adjutant of the post, has resigned from his position as a Post Officer upon demand from the American Legion Department of Ohio. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 4 June 2021 One source provided an email in which a white adjutant from Rhode Island responded to a technical inquiry from a black employee with a message that questioned her leadership and intelligence. Jasper Craven, The New Republic, 28 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of adjutant

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adjutant

borrowed from Latin adjūtant-, adjūtans, present participle of adjūtāre "to help," probably after Spanish ayudante "assistant, aide, officer appointed as an aide" (noun derivative of present participle of ayudar "to help, aid," going back to Latin adjūtāre) — more at aid entry 1

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“Adjutant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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ad·​ju·​tant | \ ˈa-jə-tənt How to pronounce adjutant (audio) \

Kids Definition of adjutant

: an officer who assists the officer in command

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