adjutant

adjutant

[aj-uh-tuhnt]
noun
1.
Military. a staff officer who assists the commanding officer in issuing orders.
2.
British Military. an executive officer.
3.
an assistant.

Origin:
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

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adjutant (ˈædʒətənt)
 
n
1.  adjt, Abbreviation: adj an officer who acts as administrative assistant to a superior officer
2.  short for adjutant bird
 
[C17: from Latin adjūtāre to aid]
 
'adjutancy
 
n

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adjutant
"military officer who assists superior officers," c.1600, from L. adjutantem (nom. adjutans), prp. of adjutare "to give help to," freq. of adjuvare (pp. adjutus), from ad- "to" + juvare "to help, give strength, support," perhaps from same root as juvenis "young person" (see young).
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