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

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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 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, "The Exclusionary White Men of the American Legion," 28 Aug. 2020 As a jump-qualified military intelligence officer, Wilder was sent to the John F. Kennedy Institute for Military Assistance at Fort Bragg and assigned as its adjutant. New York Times, "Word + Quiz: adjutant," 30 Mar. 2020 William Henry, a former adjutant for the Indiana American Legion, met with the prosecutor's office at the outset of the investigation and remains puzzled by the decision not to put the issue in the hands of a judge and . Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Former lawmaker won't face lobbying charges. Marion County Prosecutor won't detail why.," 13 Jan. 2020 She was voted in as adjutant in 2016 to assist the commander with running the post, and continues to serve in this role. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'When I went in the service, it was not OK to be gay': This veteran dedicates her life to serving LGBTQ veterans," 10 Nov. 2019 In 2017, Marie Smith, adjutant of North San Diego Young Marines, won National Adult Volunteer of the Year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local Young Marines group named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’," 19 July 2019 The committee is co-chaired by Johnny Boker, second vice commander of American Legion Post 47 in Havre de Grace, and Craig Reeling, adjutant and past commandant of the Marine Corps League, Department of Maryland. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace to dedicate Gold Star Family Memorial Sunday," 14 June 2018 The main speaker will be Michael Stith, state adjutant of the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Ohio. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Memorial Day parades and remembrance ceremonies coming up in Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake," 14 May 2018 The accusations mark a dramatic fall for Gourdikian, once a top-ranking official for the Pasadena Police Department and adjutant to Chief Phillip L. Sanchez. Matt Hamilton,, "Feds charge former Pasadena police spokesman with illegally selling more than 100 guns," 3 Mar. 2018

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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 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adjutant

: an army officer who helps the commanding officer and is responsible for written communications


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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