One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural major generals
An officer in the US Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps ranking above brigadier general and below lieutenant general.
- ‘All ranks of lieutenant general, major general and brigadier general are staffed by men.’
- ‘Rabuka, then an army major general, led two military coups in 1987 and ruled the country for 12 years.’
- ‘Hicks was promoted from brigadier to major general before a gathering of more than 500 family, friends and co-workers.’
- ‘By 1942, Frank is a major general in command of a division, but loses his life in an airplane crash.’
- ‘The four will be commissioned as Army major generals for an approximate two-year term while serving intermittently in this role.’
- ‘It is the only known diary of a major general commanding a division in the Allied Expeditionary Force.’
Mid 17th century: shortening of sergeant major general.
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