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[aj-uh-tuh nt] /ˈædʒ ə tənt/
Military. a staff officer who assists the commanding officer in issuing orders.
British Military. an executive officer.
an assistant.
Origin of adjutant
1590-1600; < Latin adjūtant- (stem of adjūtāns, present participle of adjūtāre to help, assist), equivalent to ad- ad- + jū- (variant stem of juvāre to help) + -t- frequentative suffix + -ant- -ant Unabridged
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  • And the adjutant threw his head back and laughed joyously over the retrospect.

  • The adjutant and his bugler found that the companies on the left were yet some distance to the rear.

    Bamboo Tales Ira L. Reeves
  • The adjutant takes his post, passing to the right of the major.

  • If Dawson is there, from the adjutant's office, I wahnt him quick.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • The adjutant and myself, bound for the new Headquarters, followed ten minutes later.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • It is in that freight depot that adjutant General Hastings has his headquarters.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • In the afternoon the guns were moved by the adjutant of the Brigade into proper intervals, bringing ours into a low, muddy ravine.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
  • Hal was summoned and made to stand at attention before the adjutant.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks H. Irving Hancock
  • The adjutant was opening the latest batch of official envelopes from Divisional Artillery.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • He looked straight at his adjutant's face without recognizing him.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for adjutant


an officer who acts as administrative assistant to a superior officer Abbreviation adjt, adj
short for adjutant bird
Derived Forms
adjutancy, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin adjūtāre to aid
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Word Origin and History for adjutant

"military officer who assists superior officers," c.1600, from Latin adiutantem (nominative adiutans), present participle of adiutare "to give help to, help zealously, serve," frequentative of adiuvare (past participle adiutus) "help, assist, aid, support," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iuvare "to help, give strength, support," perhaps from same root as iuvenis "young person" (see young).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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