Definition of Sergeant major

1. Noun. A noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative officer of a headquarters unit of the Army.

Exact synonyms: Command Sergeant Major
Generic synonyms: Sergeant



2. Noun. Large blue-grey black-striped damselfish; nearly worldwide.
Exact synonyms: Abudefduf Saxatilis
Generic synonyms: Damselfish, Demoiselle
Group relationships: Abudefduf, Genus Abudefduf

Definition of Sergeant major

1. Noun. (Canada) A senior non-commissioned appointment in the Army of a company or unit, directly responsible to the officer in charge for their soliders' performance, standards, discipline, morale, welfare, et al, that can be held by a Warrant Officer or above. ¹

2. Noun. (American English) The most senior rank of non-commissioned officer in the United States Army and United States Marine Corps, ranking above a first sergeant. ¹

3. Noun. (British) An appointment (not a rank) in the British Army and Royal Marines, denoting the most senior non-commissioned officer in a battalion, regiment or company. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sergeant Major

serfship
serfships
sergeancies
sergeancy
sergeant
sergeant-at-arms
sergeant-at-law
sergeant-major
sergeant-majorly
sergeant-majors
sergeant at arms
sergeant baker
sergeant fish
sergeant major (current term)
sergeant major loach
sergeantcies
sergeantcy
sergeanties
sergeantries
sergeantry
sergeants
sergeants-at-arms
sergeants-major
sergeants major
sergeantship
sergeantships
sergeanty

Literary usage of Sergeant major

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century by Herbert Levi Osgood (1904)
"The office of sergeant-major general was successively held by such men as Dudley, Endicott, Atherton, ... The duties of the sergeant-major gen- 1 Recs. IV1. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"Sergeant - major's wash ... The troop store man ; a term in the cavalry where the troop sergeant- major has an orderly man or assistant who looks after the ..."

3. The Military Policy of the United States by Emory Upton (1912)
"... one battalion quartermaster and commissary, one sergeant- major, ... to be taken from the lieutenants of the regiment; one sergeant-major, ..."

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