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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His solution, according to a Navy history publication, was to order the ship to land by invoking the name of an imaginary Army major general who was demanding the ordnance. Washington Post, "Mortimer Caplin, charismatic and hard-driving IRS commissioner, dies at 103," 16 July 2019 Ames Adamson stars as Benjamin Franklin Butler, a major general in the Union Army during the Civil War who later served as governor of Massachusetts. Don Aucoin,, "Subject and style are at war in flawed ‘Ben Butler’," 5 Aug. 2019 Brady, a retired major general who lives in New Braunfels, sees the museum as an asset to any city. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Arlington, Texas, is a finalist for new $150M National Medal of Honor Museum," 25 July 2019 The country’s chief of staff Seare Mekonnen was also killed by his bodyguard in his residence in Addis Ababa along with major general Gezai Abera. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s coup attempt spells disaster for its democratic transition," 24 June 2019 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

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

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