sergeant major

noun
Updated on: 24 Apr 2018

Definition of sergeant major

plural sergeants major or sergeant majors
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

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First Known Use of sergeant major

1797

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SERGEANT MAJOR Defined for English Language Learners

sergeant major

Definition of sergeant major for English Language Learners

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


SERGEANT MAJOR Defined for Kids

sergeant major

noun

Definition of sergeant major for Students

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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