Definition of drillmaster in English:



  • 1A person who instructs or leads others, especially recruits, in military drills and marching.

    • ‘The VMI cadets were ordered to Richmond to serve as drillmasters for thousands of recruits who gathered there.’
    • ‘One hundred metres above the drifts, with the broken connection thrashing over our heads, we ask the drillmaster how he and his team had fared during the reforms.’
    • ‘Although uniforms would have seemed multiform to the drillmasters of a later age, they were beginning to establish themselves, and regimental colours and standards increasingly bore unmistakable national symbols.’
    • ‘The winners turned out to be a team of journeymen Greeks, well schooled by a German drillmaster.’
    • ‘Yet with many drillmasters themselves inexperienced and with even some experienced ones being of doubtful competence, some curious maneuvers resulted, never contemplated by those who drew up the drill manuals.’
    1. 1.1 A rigorous, exacting, or severe instructor; a martinet.
      • ‘On the football field, he was a drillmaster and master psychologist.’
      • ‘He was a drillmaster but the work paid off as the Americans won four of five games here, losing only to Canada after they had already made the medal round.’