sergeant major

noun

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

Examples of sergeant major in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her father said Marine Corps officers and sergeant majors traveled from as far as California to attend her funeral. Lillie Davidson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 July 2024 David Crump spent 30 years in the Army, rising in the ranks to sergeant major before retiring from the service. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2024 Wearing a uniform like his ancestor wore, its sleeves marked with the insignia of a sergeant major, Morris reflects on his own ambitions. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's Relationship Timeline The Windsor Star reported that a former sergeant major was stung in the forehead, marking the only injury from the commotion. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 26 June 2023 Earlier this year, for instance, then-army secretary Ryan McCarthy and sergeant major Michael Grinston pledged to invest in Alaska’s Fort Wainwright army base, where at least six soldiers have died by suicide since December 30 of last year, according to the Guardian. Lisa Kim, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The sergeant major’s nickname was Little Sheep. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2020 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

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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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“Sergeant major.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sergeant%20major. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sergeant major

noun
plural sergeants major or sergeant majors
1
: a noncommissioned officer (as in the army) serving as chief enlisted assistant in a headquarters
2
: an enlisted person of the highest rank in the army or marines
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