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sergeant major

n. pl. sergeants major or sergeant majors
1.
a. Used as a title for a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative assistant of a headquarters unit of the US Army or Marine Corps.
b. One who holds this title.
2. Chiefly British A noncommissioned or warrant officer of the highest rank in a company or unit of battalion size.
3. A damselfish (Abudefduf saxatilis) of warm seas, having a flattened body with dark vertical stripes.
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sergeant major

n
1. (Military) a noncommissioned officer of the highest rank or having specific administrative tasks in branches of the armed forces of various countries
2. (Animals) a large damselfish, Abudefduf saxatilis, having a bluish-grey body marked with black stripes
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ser′geant ma′jor


n.
1. a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps ranking above a first sergeant.
2. the chief administrative assistant in a military headquarters.
3. a small damselfish, Abudefduf saxatilis, of warm Atlantic waters, having vertical black stripes on each side.
[1565–75]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sergeant major - a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative officer of a headquarters unit of the Armysergeant major - a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative officer of a headquarters unit of the Army
sergeant - any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a corporal
2.sergeant major - large blue-grey black-striped damselfishsergeant major - large blue-grey black-striped damselfish; nearly worldwide
damselfish, demoiselle - small brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes of coral reefs
Abudefduf, genus Abudefduf - damsel fishes
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Translations

sergeant major

nOberfeldwebel(in) m(f)
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sergeant major

n (Mil) → sergente m maggiore
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The President said he was counting on the military intelligence unit and the sergeant majors to remain steadfast in protecting and defending national security.
For anyone who has ever served in the Canadian Army, one of the first lessons you learn is to respect the power and authority of the sergeant major. Sergeant majors are recognized as those who maintain order and discipline.
He has done it the hard way, by rising through the ranks - only 1pc of sergeant majors achieve this transition nationally.