quar·​ter·​mas·​ter | \ ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌmas-tər 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

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Instead, there’s a quartermaster, also a Mr. Gutsy model, manning a reception desk. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 4: the bombs are falling," 26 Nov. 2018 An airborne division is made up of a regiment of paratroop infantry, two glider regiments and miscellaneous units, such as engineers, quartermaster, signal corps, medical and others. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 Blackbeard’s quartermaster, William Howard, who took a pardon and escaped the noose, had enough capital to later buy all of Ocracoke Island. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 The Army Service units—ordnance, engineers, signal, medical, transportation, quartermaster and others—built up stock piles so large there was no chance of putting many under cover. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 Chavez was a quartermaster on the USS Condor during the attack on Pearl Harbor, KSWB reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "106-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor visits Washington for Memorial Day," 28 May 2018 Chavez was a quartermaster stationed in Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese attack on Hawaii, living there with his wife and oldest daughter. David Wright, CNN, "Oldest Pearl Harbor survivor reflects ahead of Memorial Day," 26 May 2018 Although female sailors have come to dominate the ranks of legal clerks and make up increasingly larger numbers of counselors, quartermasters and cooks, less than one out of every five female sailors seizes a spot in the aviation section. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Female crew takes over aircraft carrier's catapults, likely a first in the ship's history," 6 May 2018 The city donated 92 acres and in 1876 the Army began building a new quartermaster supply depot now known as the Quadrangle at Fort Sam. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Celebration of S.A. military coming to a rejuvenated Fort Sam," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of quartermaster

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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