adjutant

A general's assistant is his adjutant. The word means someone who serves as a helper to a higher- ranking military officer.

The root of adjutant, is Latin juvare "to help, support." It sounds a little like juvenile, doesn't it? So think of an adjutant as a young staff officer helping out an older commanding one. The word adjutant can also be used to describe a loyal deputy or follower. If you are the kind of kid who stays at the side of your favorite teacher and does whatever the teacher ask you to, you might be described as that teacher's adjutant.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: adjutant

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n
an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
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n
large Indian stork with a military gait
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: adjutant
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n an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer

Synonyms:
aide, aide-de-camp
Types:
adjutant general
a general's adjutant; chief administrative officer
Type of:
military officer, officer
any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command
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n large Indian stork with a military gait

Synonyms:
Leptoptilus dubius, adjutant bird, adjutant stork
Type of:
stork
large mostly Old World wading birds typically having white-and-black plumage
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