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Sergeant major   /sˈɑrdʒənt mˈeɪdʒər/   Listen
Sergeant major

A noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative officer of a headquarters unit of the Army.  Synonym: command sergeant major.
Large blue-grey black-striped damselfish; nearly worldwide.  Synonym: Abudefduf saxatilis.

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"Sergeant major" Quotes from Famous Books

... course, ready to die for her. But he does not think about it. He lights a cigarette and tries to be nonchalant, for he knows that his men are watching him, and it is his duty to keep up a front for their sake. Probably, at the same time, they are keeping up a front for him. Then the Sergeant Major comes along, cool and smiling, as if he were out for a stroll at home. Suddenly he is an immense comfort. One forgets that sinking feeling in the stomach and thinks, "How easy and jolly he is! What a splendid fellow!" Immediately, one begins ...
— Life in a Tank • Richard Haigh

... for not all the companies had vodka, crowded round a pockmarked, broad-shouldered sergeant major who, tilting a keg, filled one after another the canteen lids held out to him. The soldiers lifted the canteen lids to their lips with reverential faces, emptied them, rolling the vodka in their mouths, and walked away ...
— War and Peace • Leo Tolstoy

... with him to-morrow mornin', and if I lost my life in a wheeled vehicle there'd be no more flyin' fir me because I don't look to be a angel immediate I get into the next world. All she says to me was, like she was a Sergeant Major and I was a recruity, 'You get into this buggy, Patrick McGillicuddy.' So, as orders is orders, sir, I got in, and I stayed in until my fears of that horse's hind feet right under nay nose got the better of my duty to Missis McGillicuddy, as my superior orficer. I begun ...
— Betty at Fort Blizzard • Molly Elliot Seawell

Words linked to "Sergeant major" :   damselfish, sergeant, genus Abudefduf, demoiselle, Abudefduf

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