ˌād-di-ˈkamp How to pronounce aide-de-camp (audio)
plural aides-de-camp ˌād(z)-di-ˈkamp How to pronounce aide-de-camp (audio)
: a military aide
also : a civilian aide usually to an executive

Examples of aide-de-camp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Temple hoped to contribute to the cause directly: In 1779, he was slated to participate in a French raid of England, serving as the Marquis de Lafayette’s aide-de-camp, but the invasion was canceled due to sick crews and bad weather. Vanessa Armstrong, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Apr. 2024 The detective said in the indictment that Mr. Bolsonaro’s aide-de-camp, Mauro Cid, told investigators the former president asked him to insert the false data into the system for both himself and his daughter. Mauricio Savarese, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Mar. 2024 The exhibition tells the stories of Washington’s companions in his war camps, including his enslaved valet, William Lee, who would dress him in the tent; three of his aides-de-camp; and the soldiers selected to guard the commander in chief. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024 Royal Coronation Outfits Go on Display — See the Rare Items That May 'Never Be Seen in Public Again' According to Hello!, the cyphers signify Prince William's roles as an aide-de-camp to Queen Elizabeth and King Charles. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2023 With the advent of generative AI, that gauzy vision of software as aide-de-camp has suddenly come into focus. Steven Levy, WIRED, 22 Sep. 2023 Watson’s father was Farragut’s faithful aide-de-camp. Longreads, 5 Sep. 2023 Charles’ cypher is also being incorporated into military uniforms across Britain, from Prince William aide-de-camp regalia to the Yeoman Guards at the Tower of London. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 19 July 2023 The heir previously wore the tweak to his uniform during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle last month to signify his role as an aide-de-camp to Queen Elizabeth and King Charles. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 13 June 2023

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Word History


French aide de camp, literally, camp assistant

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aide-de-camp was in 1670

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“Aide-de-camp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural aides-de-camp
: an aide to a high military or naval officer

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