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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The deputy chief of the general staff was charged with defrauding the state over radio gear, and a major general sentenced to prison in the case. Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2022 The scope of the changes triggered the Town Council to also approve a major general plan amendment. Maritza Dominguez, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 Haight was demoted three ranks - from major general to lieutenant colonel - and forced to retire in 2016 over a personal misconduct scandal. Craig Whitlock And Nate Jones, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Oct. 2022 From his hospital bed, Mr. Khan alleged that a major general in the military’s Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency, the prime minister and the interior minister were behind Thursday’s attack, according to a senior member of his party. Saeed Shah, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2022 Haight was demoted three ranks — from major general to lieutenant colonel — and forced to retire in 2016 over a personal misconduct scandal. Nate Jones, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2022 In a childhood and early adulthood defined by adventure and dislocation, Ms. Swift grew up on military bases from New York to Hawaii as her father rose to major general in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Cooley is the first Air Force major general to be court-martial trialed and convicted in the military branch’s 75-year history. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 Kanamat Botashev, 63, is a top Russian military commander and former major general. Fox News, 27 May 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of major general was in 1633

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“Major general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

major general

: a military commissioned officer with a rank just below that of lieutenant general

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