Definition of adjutant in US English:



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

    • ‘He served with the Royal Horse Guards from 1938 until 1946 and was adjutant of the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment between 1940 and 1944.’
    • ‘This time though, he was not only accompanied by his adjutant but by a flock of intelligence officers.’
    • ‘Twice a month, the battalion adjutant coordinated a visit from the finance company to provide soldiers with casual pay.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He made over 40 parachute jumps while serving as a rifle platoon leader, battalion adjutant, and commander of a raider platoon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About that time Sharman became the regimental adjutant, its commanding officer's principal assistant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Braxton is adjutant for the United Nations Command Security Battalion - Joint Security Area at Camp Bonifas, Korea.’
    • ‘Kornilov seems to have had little political sense and in 1917 was influenced by his adjutant and other officers.’
    • ‘He did not speak their language and most probably spent most his time consulting with his officers and adjutants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Michael, who had been the youngest adjutant in the army, came ashore one day later with the 7th Battalion of the Black Watch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The battalion adjutant sent me to the C Company command post by Jeep.’
    • ‘Fox was talking with the Black Hole squadron commander, a fellow named Stock, and his adjutant, Barrel.’
    1. 1.1 A person's assistant or deputy.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The subsequent departure in the same direction of his backroom adjutants Jim and Kevin intensified the bad feeling.’
  • 2A large black-and-white stork with a massive bill and a bare head and neck, found in India and Southeast Asia.

    Genus Leptoptilos, family Ciconiidae: two species

    • ‘The World Conservation Union classifies the greater adjutant stork as a ‘conservation-dependent’ species in great danger of extinction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a bird census undertaken in January last year in Misamari Beel, 16,575 birds were found, which included 22 greater adjutant storks.’
    • ‘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).’


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