drill·​mas·​ter ˈdril-ˌma-stər How to pronounce drillmaster (audio)
: an instructor in military drill
: an instructor or director who maintains severe discipline and often stresses method and detail

Examples of drillmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lynch, in particular, is a standout, weaving together a drillmaster persona, an occasional anxiousness, and a winking humor. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drillmaster was in 1833

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“Drillmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drillmaster. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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drill·​mas·​ter ˈdril-ˌmas-tər How to pronounce drillmaster (audio)
: an instructor in military drill

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