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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
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  • 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
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