aide-de-camp

[eyd-duh-kamp]
noun, plural aides-de-camp.
a subordinate military or naval officer acting as a confidential assistant to a superior, usually to a general officer or admiral.


Origin:
1660–70; < French: literally, camp helper; see aid, de, camp

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aide-de-camp or aid-de-camp (ˈeɪd də ˈkɒŋ)
 
n , pl aides-de-camp, aids-de-camp
ADC a military officer serving as personal assistant to a senior
 
[C17: from French: camp assistant]
 
aid-de-camp or aid-de-camp
 
n
 
[C17: from French: camp assistant]

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