- The definition of an adjutant in the U.S. military is a staff officer, while in the British military he is an executive officer.
An example of adjutant is a person in the US military who reports to a commanding officer and who helps to perform tasks such as issuing orders.
- an assistant
- Mil. a staff officer who serves as an administrative assistant to the commanding officer
Origin of adjutantfrom its manner of walking, thought of as resembling a military strut
- a very large stork (Leptoptilos dubius) about 1.5 m (5 ft) tall, of India and SE Asia, with a bare head and neck and a large, thick bill
- a similar but smaller stork (L. javanicus) found in the same countriesalso called lesser adjutant
Origin of adjutant; from Classical Latin adjutans, present participle of adjutare: see aid
- Abbr. Adj. or Adjt. A staff officer who helps a commanding officer with administrative affairs.
- An assistant.
- Either of two large Asian storks (Leptoptilos dubius or L. javanicus) having a head and neck bare of feathers, black wings, and white underparts. Also called adjutant stork.
Origin of adjutantFrom Latin adiūtāns, adiūtant-, present participle of adiūtāre, to help; see aid.
- The noun used as a modifier (e.g. adjutant officer).
From Latin adiūtō, frequentative of adiuvō (“assist”). First attested in 17th century. Or from Latin adiuvāns, present participle of adiuvō, from iuvō (“help”)