Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The staff of an army, including all officers above the rank of colonel, also, all adjutants, inspectors, quartermasters, commissaries, engineers, ordnance officers, paymasters, physicians, signal officers, judge advocates; also, the noncommissioned assistants of the above officers.

Etymologies

French, from état state + Latin major greater. (Wiktionary)

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