Try Our Apps


Fall Head Over Heels...

major general

a military officer ranking next below a lieutenant general and next above a brigadier general.
Origin of major general
Related forms
major-generalcy, major-generalship, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for major-general
Historical Examples
  • He asked to be enlisted as a volunteer and to serve without pay, but he was soon appointed a major-general.

    The Story of Manhattan Charles Hemstreet
  • Captain Huyshe died the day before the major-general left Prahsu.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • major-general Morgan asked him "to go with him, the next morning, to the headquarters."

  • The order of major-general Howard, above referred to, was read.

    War from the Inside Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • Among the prisoners are major-general Armistead, and many colonels and officers of lesser note.

  • And here President Davis has made me a major-general, and I don't know!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He used to say: "I ought to remember those fellows; they made me a major-general."

    The Master of Warlock George Cary Eggleston
  • By God, sir, if I were as excellent a major-general as I am a cook!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • major-general (addressing the men before practising an attack behind the lines).

  • The stars of a major-general shone on the collar of the stout man within.

    Morale Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for major-general

major general

(military) an officer immediately junior to a lieutenant general
Derived Forms
major-generalship, major-generalcy, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for major general

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for major

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for major-general