pl. aides′-de-camp′ or aids′-de-camp′
an officer in the army, navy, etc. serving as assistant to a superior
Origin of aide-de-campFr, literally , camp assistant
A military officer acting as secretary and confidential assistant to a superior officer of general or flag rank.
Origin of aide-de-campFrench : aide, assistant + de, of + camp, camp.
- A military officer who serves as an adjutant to a higher ranking officer, prince or other high political dignitary.
- Unlike the orderly or batman, a humble low-ranking servant, an aide-de-camp is often a general, who before the institution of the chief of staff could hold a similar position to his chief.