Definition of adjutant in English:



  • 1A military officer who acts as an administrative assistant to a senior officer.

    ‘he eventually became adjutant to the commander of the tactical air force’
    • ‘General Custer and his adjutant, Colonel Cooke, could be seen, lighting matches and candles in advance, trying to find the trail, which they succeeded in doing in a short time.’
    • ‘Turning to his adjutant, the colonel began issuing orders to deploy his troops.’
    • ‘General Jackson therefore has no lack of experience of infantry soldiering, having been a platoon commander, adjutant, company commander and commanding officer in infantry battalions.’
    • ‘It was this concern, states Showalter, not the reluctance of terrified adjutants to awaken a sleeping Fuhrer with bad news, that delayed Hitler's release of the panzer divisions.’
    • ‘Kornilov seems to have had little political sense and in 1917 was influenced by his adjutant and other officers.’
    • ‘Twice a month, the battalion adjutant coordinated a visit from the finance company to provide soldiers with casual pay.’
    • ‘The battalion adjutant sent me to the C Company command post by Jeep.’
    • ‘During the war he rose from a battalion adjutant to an aid of a section chief of the operational department of the 5th Army Staff.’
    • ‘Fox was talking with the Black Hole squadron commander, a fellow named Stock, and his adjutant, Barrel.’
    • ‘Worse yet, Lee suspected Crazy Horse would be placed under arrest and confined to the guardhouse since the adjutant's office lay adjacent to the jail.’
    • ‘Braxton is adjutant for the United Nations Command Security Battalion - Joint Security Area at Camp Bonifas, Korea.’
    • ‘He made over 40 parachute jumps while serving as a rifle platoon leader, battalion adjutant, and commander of a raider platoon.’
    • ‘This time though, he was not only accompanied by his adjutant but by a flock of intelligence officers.’
    • ‘Michael, who had been the youngest adjutant in the army, came ashore one day later with the 7th Battalion of the Black Watch.’
    • ‘Battalion adjutant Capt Sean Kearns said the aims of the training were to develop effective teamwork, and to help identify true leaders, as opposed to designated leaders.’
    • ‘When I reported to the adjutant, I was formally discharged from the Army of the U.S. and told to report to the 78th Division headquarters.’
    • ‘He did not speak their language and most probably spent most his time consulting with his officers and adjutants.’
    • ‘He served with the Royal Horse Guards from 1938 until 1946 and was adjutant of the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment between 1940 and 1944.’
    • ‘About that time Sharman became the regimental adjutant, its commanding officer's principal assistant.’
    • ‘When he became the commander's adjutant at the American Flying School at Issoudun, he found it difficult to break away to learn to fly.’
    1. 1.1 A person's assistant or deputy.
      ‘Hoare was his adjutant in all the talks with the government’
      • ‘The subsequent departure in the same direction of his backroom adjutants Jim and Kevin intensified the bad feeling.’
      • ‘They are generally millionaires to begin with, and, in any case, they and their adjutants make a seamless transition from places of power to the media, the upper ranks of private enterprise and so forth.’
  • 2A large black-and-white stork with a massive bill and a bare head and neck, found in India and SE Asia.

    Genus Leptoptilos, family Ciconiidae: two species

    • ‘The man turned himself in to police in Buritam Province as they searched for him on suspicion he had killed a greater adjutant stork last week.’
    • ‘But the researchers involved are quite hopeful that the simple netting technique will be a first step toward increasing the overall numbers of the greater adjutant stork.’
    • ‘Spliced into each image is the photograph of an adjutant (a large black and white stork, one of many creatures borrowed by Muybridge from the Philadelphia Zoo).’
    • ‘The World Conservation Union classifies the greater adjutant stork as a ‘conservation-dependent’ species in great danger of extinction.’
    • ‘In a bird census undertaken in January last year in Misamari Beel, 16,575 birds were found, which included 22 greater adjutant storks.’


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘assistant, helper’): from Latin adjutant- ‘being of service to’, from adjutare, frequentative of adjuvare ‘assist’ (see adjuvant).