quar·​ter·​mas·​ter | \ ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌma-stər How to pronounce quartermaster (audio) \

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

Examples of quartermaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Texas Man Charged with Murder of Fort Hood Soldier Found Dead on Side of Road 3 Months Ago," 10 Aug. 2020 The quartermaster now serves as the department’s distribution center for stocks of personal protective equipment. Los Angeles Times, "‘This is a siege’: Inside the NYPD depot at the heart of New York’s coronavirus fight," 24 Apr. 2020 But most would check with the quartermaster — the ship’s on-duty navigator and meteorologist up on the bridge — to get a sense of whether the barometer was rising or falling, and what the next day or so would bring. James G. Stavridis, New York Times, "What Was Life Like for Sailors During the Battle of the Atlantic?," 14 Apr. 2020 Since March 13, the NYPD’s quartermaster section, responsible for providing personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves to officers, has operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ben Chapman, WSJ, "New York Police Fight Coronavirus in Department as 1 in 5 Go Out Sick," 8 Apr. 2020 The upgrades come from Aston’s Q division, which is indeed named after the world's most famous spy's resourceful quartermaster. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Aston Martin Shows Off Q Version of DBX," 24 Feb. 2020 His father, a quartermaster with a German regiment, was captured and held as a prisoner of war. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "The first and last chaplain: Remembering Father Bruno Kremp," 31 Jan. 2020 Yet once outed by their battalion quartermaster sergeant, often accompanied by Sodexo employees, these guerrilla chefs risk having their grills confiscated or disabled and being punished with show parade at night. The Economist, "The way to a soldier’s heart is through his stomach," 24 Oct. 2019 McConoughy was then sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, assigned to the quartermaster corps to work in supplying the engineering battalion in the Dominican Republic. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Veterans get together at Bay Village post to remember, socialize and mend fences but numbers are dwindling," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of quartermaster

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quartermaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartermaster. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of quartermaster

: 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


quar·​ter·​mas·​ter | \ ˈkwȯr-tər-ˌma-stər How to pronounce quartermaster (audio) \

Kids Definition of quartermaster

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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