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

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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 Along with Gero, other chairmen were Lynn McGinnis, Post 288 judge advocate; and Mike Baldwin, Post 288 adjutant and Post 1614 member. Ruth Sowby, Glendale News-Press, "On the Town: Bingo night sells out, raises funds for veterans’ programs," 29 Aug. 2017 Sayler, appointed adjutant general by Gov. Butch Otter in 2010, is responsible for overseeing of all units of the Idaho National Guard. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "He’s spent 40 years with the Idaho Guard. Now, he’ll say goodbye.," 10 Aug. 2017 Gen. John Harris, assistant adjutant general for the Ohio Army National Guard, also attended Monday's briefing. Brian Albrecht,, "Local Ohio National Guard units demolish houses in Youngstown (photos, video)," 20 July 2017 Marie Smith, adjutant of the North San Diego Young Marines group, was recognized for her efforts mentoring and teaching youths in the nonprofit’s leadership program. Linda Mcintosh,, "O'side woman picked for national award," 21 June 2017 The Flag Day program at the VFW has been a tradition for more than 30 years, said Ryan Kominakis, the post's adjutant and chair of the program. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "VFW members, friends gather for Flag Day service," 15 June 2017

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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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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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