sergeant major

plural sergeants major or sergeant majors

Definition of sergeant major

1 : a noncommissioned officer in the army or marine corps serving as chief administrative assistant in a headquarters
2 : a noncommissioned officer in the marine corps ranking above a first sergeant
3 : a bluish-green to yellow bony fish (Abudefduf saxatilis of the family Pomacentridae) with black vertical stripes on the sides that is widely distributed in the western tropical Atlantic Ocean

Examples of sergeant major in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One sergeant major suspected of far-right ties had a cache of weapons in a bunker at his home. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "Germany disbands elite military unit after reports of right-wing extremism," 2 July 2020 Her late husband George Wright, a Marine sergeant major, had also fought in the war. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "As Da 5 Bloods Hits Netflix, Black Vietnam Veterans Recall the Real Injustices They Faced During and After the War," 12 June 2020 The sergeant major stood in the middle of the road. New York Times, "At a Temple, Thai Gunman’s Revenge Gave Way to a Random Killing Rampage," 11 Feb. 2020 Ralph Martinez, Chaplain Corps Regimental sergeant major host virtual town on Chaplain Corps activities since the outbreak of COVID-19. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Taliban conduct deadly bombing in Afghanistan as Pentagon defends keeping violence data secret," 4 May 2020 Pornlaphat said the family built houses to sell to soldiers but insisted that her mother and her husband had nothing to do with the money owed to the sergeant major., "Thai soldier in mass shooting had business clash with his commander," 10 Feb. 2020 On Saturday, the sergeant major met with Anantharot, Anong, and a property agent to discuss the money he was owed., "Thai soldier in mass shooting had business clash with his commander," 10 Feb. 2020 During a drill, the sergeant major grabbed her hand and slapped her face with it repeatedly, bringing her to tears. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a beloved national icon, rocked by sexual abuse and harassment," 17 Oct. 2019 His father, Gus, was stationed in France as a sergeant major in the Army. John Shea,, "Giants coach Ron Wotus to reunite with Bruce Bochy," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sergeant major

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sergeant major.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sergeant major

: an officer of low rank in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps

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Kids Definition of sergeant major

1 : the chief noncommissioned officer at a military headquarters
2 : a noncommissioned officer in the marine corps ranking above a first sergeant

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