quartermaster

A quartermaster is a soldier whose job is to hand out supplies — like food and clothes — to army troops. Sometimes the quartermaster is an individual, and other times it's a whole military unit.

The quartermaster has an important job. While historically an army's quartermaster distributed uniforms and other clothing, today this officer might also procure food and other supplies. In the US Navy, a quartermaster obtains and takes care of nautical charts, and in the Boy Scouts, the quartermaster maintains camping supplies. The word has been in use since the fifteenth century, from the French quartier-maître, and it originally meant an officer on a ship who stowed goods in the ship's hold.

Definitions of quartermaster
  1. noun
    an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops
    see moresee less
    type of:
    army officer
    an officer in the armed forces
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week