judge advocate


: an officer assigned to the judge advocate general's corps or department
: a staff officer serving as legal adviser to a military commander

Examples of judge advocate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among other characters accounted for in a large cast of heroes and villains and bystanders are Joseph Holt, judge advocate of the U.S. Army, charmingly played by John Billingsley, and Patton Oswalt as Det. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Some become military judge advocates, while others oppose America’s wars. Timothy William Waters, WSJ, 8 Jan. 2024 McGrath, a 1995 graduate of Boston College and a 2001 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, served as a judge advocate from 2001 to 2005 while on active duty in the Marine Corps. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2023 The wedding announcement described her as a writer and business owner and him as a former judge advocate in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Navy. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 16 May 2023 The assistant staff judge advocate testified that one 9/11 defendant, Ammar al-Baluchi was sleepy and chose to nap rather than attend Friday's public session. Shannon K. Crawford, John Parkinson, ABC News, 10 Sep. 2021 That meant those who got in trouble for minor misconduct or military-specific offenses like being chronically late to formation, said Joshua Kastenberg, a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and former Air Force judge advocate. Anchorage Daily News, 11 Apr. 2023 That montage of Pence eluding the rioters was conceived principally by Marcus Childress, an investigative counsel and former Air Force judge advocate. Luke Broadwater Philip Montgomery, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2022 The Coast Guard works closely with the Army and Navy, helps with counterintelligence and serves as the country’s maritime border patrol, said O’Grady, an Army reservist and lieutenant colonel judge advocate. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Brian Melley, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of judge advocate was in 1644

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“Judge advocate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judge%20advocate. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

judge advocate

plural judge advocates
: an officer serving under the Judge Advocate General
: an officer charged with administering military justice (as by acting as legal counsel or conducting an appellate review)
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