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

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The sergeant major and the chief have taught me to respect what goes into these jobs. Billy Baker,, "Planting flags, hanging wreaths, and learning lessons," 26 May 2018 He was promoted to sergeant major on Oct. 16, 1918, at the age of 19. Jesse Leavenworth,, "If These Walls Could Talk: 7 Stories Of Connecticut Soldiers Who Left Their Names In French Caves," 25 May 2018 Strickland also is accused of showing disrespect by refusing to properly address an unnamed sergeant major, the most senior enlisted rank in the Corps. Carl Prine,, "Marine faces gun, theft, tattoo charges, plus disrespect of a sergeant major," 10 Mar. 2018 His most recent rank was sergeant major, and he’d been awarded the Bronze Star for killing 10 enemy combatants during an ambush in Ramadi in 2004. Aimee Green,, "Marine who hit Iraqi restaurant employee with chair avoids prison," 2 Mar. 2018 Mostly the elephants are striding out like a sergeant major in a parade. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Rare Mammoth Tracks Reveal an Intimate Portrait of Herd Life," 26 Feb. 2018 The group deployed to Italy, where Ellis earned seven battle stars and earned the rank of sergeant major. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Thomas Ellis, a Tuskegee Airman, is dead at 97," 9 Jan. 2018 Jeffrey Fultz, and a sergeant major visited Mike’s house in Clarksville, Tenn., to hand-deliver the findings of a Marine Corps investigation. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "Brothers in Arms: The Tragedy in Small-Town America," 23 Sep. 2017 Brian Garbinski is a retired Army sergeant major who served as a senior adviser to the Afghan National Civil Order Police. Valerie Schremp Hahn,, "Have you checked out Uranus? It's growing," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of sergeant major

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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