judge advocate general


: the senior legal officer and chief legal adviser in the army, air force, or navy

Examples of judge advocate general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miyares won the GOP nod narrowly over Chuck Smith, a former Navy judge advocate general and gun-rights activist who turned in an unexpectedly strong showing. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Joshua Mast, a Marine captain and judge advocate general who was in Afghanistan as part of an interagency effort to evaluate civilian casualties, took a particular interest in her. Rozina Ali, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2022 In the film, Tom Cruise plays a judge advocate general—a Navy attorney—who defends marines accused of a deadly assault at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 With the war in Iraq still raging, DeSantis, too, became a judge advocate general. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 Before politics, Laxalt was a judge advocate general in the Navy and served a tour in Iraq, the Reno Gazette Journal reported. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 Kenniff, a Republican, is a former prosecutor and judge advocate general. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 2 Nov. 2021 Ferguson, who is based in Texas, is also a judge advocate general in the Air Force Reserve but spoke to the Union-Tribune in his capacity as a civilian lawyer. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 Arguelles earlier served as an attorney for Stevens, O’Connell & Jacobs starting in 2005 and was a judge advocate general in the U.S. Army Reserve. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'judge advocate general.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of judge advocate general was in 1680

Dictionary Entries Near judge advocate general

Cite this Entry

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

Legal Definition

Judge Advocate General

plural Judge Advocates General
: the senior legal officer and chief legal adviser in the army, navy, or air force
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!