sergeant major


plural sergeants major or sergeant majors
: a noncommissioned officer in the army or marine corps serving as chief administrative assistant in a headquarters
: a noncommissioned officer in the marine corps ranking above a first sergeant
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Roberts, a retired sergeant major in the U.S. Army, was originally told by authorities last summer to stop feeding cats on public property. David Begnaud, CBS News, 22 Dec. 2022 Navarro, a retired sergeant major of the U.S. Army who spent numerous deployments in the Middle East and North Africa, volunteers for multiple veterans support groups and mental health organizations in the region. Ethan Ehrenhaft, Baltimore Sun, 11 Nov. 2022 While Ernest was overseas fighting in the Second World War, Rose had an affair with another soldier, David McEwan, a sergeant major who’d been wounded at Dunkirk. Adam Begley, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2022 In 2020, after explosives and S.S. memorabilia were found on the property of a sergeant major, an entire KSK unit was disbanded by the defense minister. New York Times, 15 July 2022 An elder among the recruits, Freeman’s John Rawlins is soon promoted to the rank of sergeant major. Ben Flanagan |, al, 1 June 2022 Twice in full view of the enemy, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound sergeant major scaled a wall to draw fire and expose the North Vietnamese positions. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 18 May 2022 The sergeant major is an advisor to the commanding general of the Marine Expeditionary Force. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2022 There was the former Delta Force sergeant major Kyle Lamb, who helped to popularize another wave of military-style rifles (this time in black). Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sergeant major was in 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Sergeant major.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

sergeant major

plural sergeants major or sergeant majors
: a noncommissioned officer (as in the army) serving as chief enlisted assistant in a headquarters
: an enlisted person of the highest rank in the army or marines
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