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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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 In the midafternoon of January 11, 2007, US Air Force major general William Shelton sat at the head of a table in a command center at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, holding a telephone to each ear. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 The young major general became a sort of surrogate son to George Washington, and served valiantly in the battles of Brandywine and Yorktown. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Our history: Thousands welcomed war hero Lafayette in 1825," 20 June 2018 Almaras and Saldivar have experience with a major general-menu restaurant chain. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "New steaks and sizzle out west, plus here's a seafood house where Dad eats free," 11 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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: a military officer of high rank in the army, air force, or marines

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