aide-de-camp

noun
\ ˌād-di-ˈkamp How to pronounce aide-de-camp (audio) , -ˈkäⁿ \
plural aides-de-camp\ ˌād(z)-​di-​ˈkamp How to pronounce aide-de-camp (audio) , -​ˈkäⁿ \

Definition of aide-de-camp

: a military aide also : a civilian aide usually to an executive

First Known Use of aide-de-camp

1670, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aide-de-camp

French aide de camp, literally, camp assistant

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“Aide-de-camp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aide-de-camp. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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