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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Recent Examples on the Web Once colonized, the new reef is expected to attract fish species like those that currently exist in the area, including sergeant major, parrotfish, bar jack, spottail pinfish, molly miller and more. Gary Curreri,, 16 Sep. 2021 The sergeant major formed up the battalion in the narrow space in front of the mountains of mail, and Adams marched to the front. Mari K. Eder, Time, 3 Aug. 2021 While in captivity, Shalit was promoted three times, from corporal to ultimately sergeant major. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 During his military career, Sweeney reached the rank of sergeant major. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2021 Last year, after explosives and SS memorabilia were found on the property of a sergeant major, an entire KSK unit was disbanded by the defense minister. New York Times, 20 May 2021 Sophia Righthouse, who also serves as battalion sergeant major of the Young Marines 4th Battalion. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 May 2021 Vincenzo Anastagi, in field armor—the forty-four-year-old sergeant major of Castel Sant’Angelo seen in momentary repose in El Greco’s swagger portrait—commands the room with his suspicious, unflinching gaze. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 The Windsor Star also reported on the incident: There was only one victim of the swarm, a former sergeant major was stung on the forehead. Nayeli Lomeli, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of sergeant major

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Sep 2021

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“Sergeant major.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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