Definition of quartermaster
1 : a petty officer who attends to a ship's helm, binnacle, and signals
2 : an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for a body of troops
Recent Examples of quartermaster from the Web
Frank W. Zywicki of New York also went missing in that war, a Naval quartermaster lost when his submarine, the USS Cisco, is believed to have been sunk by Japanese bombers in the South China Sea in late 1943.
There are no easy answers; his quartermaster and lord general disagree on how to proceed.
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First Known Use of quartermaster
QUARTERMASTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quartermaster for English Language Learners
: an army officer who provides clothing and supplies for soldiers
: a navy officer who is in charge of the steering of a ship and the use of signals on a ship
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Definition of quartermaster for Students
1 : an army officer who provides clothing and supplies for troops
2 : an officer of a ship (as in the navy) in charge of navigation
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