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aide-de-camp

or aid-de-camp

[eyd-duh-kamp] /ˈeɪd dəˈkæmp/
noun, plural aides-de-camp.
1.
a subordinate military or naval officer acting as a confidential assistant to a superior, usually to a general officer or admiral.
Origin of aide-de-camp
1660-1670
1660-70; < French: literally, camp helper; see aid, de, camp1
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  • Though still weak and ill, he rode his horse, and took his place on the staff as aide-de-camp.

    The Life of George Washington Josephine Pollard
  • With the nearest colonel was Lieutenant Helm, the aide-de-camp.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • The aide-de-camp, on receiving the order, went off at a gallop, lance in hand.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • He returns to the Emperor, on whose knees an aide-de-camp was unfolding a map.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • The aide-de-camp jumped out and stepped briskly off in the direction indicated by the driver's hand.

    Kitty's Conquest Charles King
  • There was none with him save an aide-de-camp, who stood by the door, erect and mute.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • "He is the aide-de-camp of the dead Marquis," she explained.

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • "My aide-de-camp, Lieutenant Burke," replied the general, presenting me.

  • “We shall halt and form when we get out of this,” said an aide-de-camp.

  • Before I had got a dozen paces from the box, an aide-de-camp overtook me.

British Dictionary definitions for aide-de-camp

aide-de-camp

/ˈeɪd də ˈkɒŋ/
noun (pl) aides-de-camp, aids-de-camp
1.
a military officer serving as personal assistant to a senior ADC
Word Origin
C17: from French: camp assistant
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