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sergeant major

noun
1.
U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative assistant in a unit headquarters.
2.
U.S. Marine Corps. a noncommissioned officer ranking above a first sergeant.
3.
a small damselfish, Abudefduf saxatilis, inhabiting warm Atlantic waters, having vertical black stripes on each side.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75
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  • Look at the sergeant major at attention to see the whole compensatory mechanism in action.
  • They spent nearly the entire day waiting outside the sergeant major's office, unable to leave even for lunch.
  • He is deployed with the battalion again, this time as its command sergeant major.
British Dictionary definitions for sergeant major

sergeant major

noun
1.
a noncommissioned officer of the highest rank or having specific administrative tasks in branches of the armed forces of various countries
2.
a large damselfish, Abudefduf saxatilis, having a bluish-grey body marked with black stripes
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