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  • 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’
    • ‘About that time Sharman became the regimental adjutant, its commanding officer's principal assistant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The battalion adjutant sent me to the C Company command post by Jeep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He did not speak their language and most probably spent most his time consulting with his officers and adjutants.’
    • ‘Kornilov seems to have had little political sense and in 1917 was influenced by his adjutant and other officers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He made over 40 parachute jumps while serving as a rifle platoon leader, battalion adjutant, and commander of a raider platoon.’
    • ‘Twice a month, the battalion adjutant coordinated a visit from the finance company to provide soldiers with casual pay.’
    • ‘Turning to his adjutant, the colonel began issuing orders to deploy his troops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Braxton is adjutant for the United Nations Command Security Battalion - Joint Security Area at Camp Bonifas, Korea.’
    • ‘He served with the Royal Horse Guards from 1938 until 1946 and was adjutant of the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment between 1940 and 1944.’
    • ‘Fox was talking with the Black Hole squadron commander, a fellow named Stock, and his adjutant, Barrel.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A 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.’
  • 2

    (also adjutant stork, adjutant bird)
    A 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘In a bird census undertaken in January last year in Misamari Beel, 16,575 birds were found, which included 22 greater adjutant storks.’



/ˈajəd(ə)nt/ /ˈædʒəd(ə)nt/


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