quar·​ter·​mas·​ter ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌma-stər How to pronounce quartermaster (audio)
: a petty officer who attends to a ship's helm, binnacle, and signals
: an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for a body of troops

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Myers worked as a quartermaster — a soldier who supervises and distributes supplies within stores or barracks. Fox News, 29 May 2022 During World War I, Holabird was the site of an Army quartermaster depot that shipped supplies to U.S. forces. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2022 During the 1870s, Rockwell served as quartermaster of various western army posts in Kansas, California and Oklahoma (then the Cherokee Nation). Jason Emerson, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 Chapeta, 95, who resides at Capri's Landmark in West Allis, is a former U.S. Navy quartermaster-third class who served aboard the U.S.S. Alcyone and was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2021 The monument’s roughly one-mile trail provided a detailed view of the brick foundations and chimneys of the officer’s quarters and nearly intact walls of the quartermaster and supply depots. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 Anyone with questions can call 608-221-5276 and ask for Thomas Heath, state quartermaster. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2021 Brandon Scott Rosecrans, a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer who had been assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since November 2018. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, 10 Aug. 2020 The quartermaster now serves as the department’s distribution center for stocks of personal protective equipment. Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of quartermaster was in the 15th century

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“Quartermaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartermaster. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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quar·​ter·​mas·​ter ˈkwȯ(r)t-ər-ˌmas-tər How to pronounce quartermaster (audio)
: an army officer who provides clothing and supplies for troops

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