major general


Definition of major general

: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps who ranks above a brigadier general and whose insignia is two stars

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Shortly before Bunker Hill, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress promoted Warren to the rank of major general, making him the highest-ranking colonial leader from Massachusetts. Gerald J. Russello, WSJ, "‘Founding Martyr’ Review: The Hero on Bunker Hill," 30 Sep. 2018 This applies to Greene, who was a major general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and is buried in Johnson Square near his monument. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 2018 While Messer and Rokita have faced problems in the Republican primary for being career politicians, Braun is untested in a major general election. Harry Enten, CNN, "Yes, Don Blankenship can win and other nuggets as Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia head to the polls," 8 May 2018 He was promoted to major general and remained in command until October 1975. Graydon Megan,, "Retired Maj. Gen. Michael Healy, Green Beret and decorated veteran of Korea, Vietnam, dies at 91," 24 Apr. 2018 Sentimental buccaneers and bumbling bobbies will share the stage with an eccentric major general. Tom Titus,, "On Theater: Vanguard University schedules shows for summer and its 2018-19 season," 31 May 2018 Of these, there are ten generals, fifty lieutenant generals, 121 major generals, and 133 brigadier generals. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "US Army by the numbers," 13 June 2018 The entrance to the State House is named after Joseph Hooker, a major general and commander who was born in Hadley and was part of the Peninsula Campaign and the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War, according to a biography on Steve Annear,, "A lawmaker said the State House’s General Hooker sign is ‘tone deaf.’ Social media responded," 15 Mar. 2018 And Brian Bengston is the very model of a perfect major general. Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, "After 139 years, Pirates of Penzance is still a satisfying combination of sweet and salty," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of major general

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for major general

French major général, from major, noun + général, adjective, general

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The first known use of major general was in 1633

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English Language Learners Definition of major general

: a military officer of high rank in the army, air force, or marines

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