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

Examples of quartermaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some were also colleagues and friends of Winfield Scott Hancock, who as quartermaster was charged with protecting Union armaments in Los Angeles. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Maybe the most mythologized event of Los Angeles’ Civil War happened behind closed doors in the Army quartermaster’s brick home at 3rd and Main streets, perhaps in early to mid-June 1861. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 The veteran, a 20-year-old quartermaster, helped rescue fellow crewmen on the morning of December 7, 1941, which marked the US entry into World War II. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 Many can trace their families back to William Howard, Blackbeard’s quartermaster. Trudy Haywood Saunders, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2024 As the steamboat stopped in Vicksburg, Miss., 34-year-old James Cass Mason, its captain, was approached by the chief quartermaster in the city. Josh Snyder, arkansasonline.com, 17 Dec. 2023 Napoleon’s hat was first recovered by his quartermaster, Col. Pierre Baillon, who kept it in his family until the end of the 19th century. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Personal because the Arlington plantation was owned by the in-laws of the traitor Robert E. Lee and turning it into a graveyard appealed to Montgomery C. Meigs, the U.S. Army quartermaster general who had once considered Lee a friend. John Kelly, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2023 During his service, Myers worked as a quartermaster — a soldier who supervises and distributes supplies within stores or barracks. Fox News, 29 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 24 May. 2024.

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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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