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 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 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, 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, 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, 24 Feb. 2020

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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 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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