Definition of field cornet in English:

field cornet

noun

South african
historical
  • 1A civilian official invested with the rank and responsibilities of a military officer and with judicial powers enabling him to act as a local administrator and magistrate.

    • ‘They referred me to the Field Cornet, who denied the use of explosive bullets.’
    • ‘Later that day Commandant de Beer and Field Cornet Grobbelaar came personally to the laager to urge Gen. Cronje to attempt his escape.’
  • 2A rank in the army equivalent to that of lieutenant.

    • ‘The play has a number of characters with the rank of field-cornet, operating with British forces to quell the rebellion of 1815.’
    • ‘I've assigned him the rank of Field Cornet, the Boer equivallent of a non-commissioned officer.’

Origin

Translating South African Dutch veld kornet, from veld field + kornet, specifying a military rank.