adjutant

noun ad·ju·tant \ ˈa-jə-tənt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

  1. the senator's adjutants and aides always arrive ahead of him on the campaign trail

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Origin and Etymology of adjutant

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


ADJUTANT Defined for English Language Learners

adjutant

noun

Definition of adjutant for English Language Learners

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


ADJUTANT Defined for Kids

adjutant

noun ad·ju·tant \ ˈa-jə-tənt \

Definition of adjutant for Students

:an officer who assists the officer in command


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