from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above brigadier general and below lieutenant general.
  • n. One who holds this rank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A military officer in the armies of most nations, typically ranking below a lieutenant general and above a brigadier.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An officer of the army holding a rank next above that of brigadier general and next below that of lieutenant general, and who usually commands a division or a corps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A military officer next in rank below a lieutenant-general.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a general officer ranking above a brigadier general and below a lieutenant general


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  • Gordon's division did not receive a new major general because Gordon presumably would return to his old command if Early again led the corps; meanwhile it was under Brigadier General Clement A.


  • Colonel Robert E. Rodes of the 5th Alabama Regiment had been made brigadier general and assigned to the command of Ewell's brigade, Ewell being temporarily assigned to a brigade in Longstreet's division, and subsequently made major general and transferred

    Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early C.S.A. : autobiographical sketch and narrative of the War between the States,

  • In one incident to which Lovell had referred, Tronson du Coudray, a French artillery officer of distinction, had come with a commission from Deane promising him the rank of major general and chief of artillery.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • The acting commander of McLaws's division, Joseph B. Kershaw, was not yet a major general and could not be considered for corps command.


  • And my cousin, Arthur Clark, came into the insurance company and he's the current president and chairman, a very fine, reserve major general in the air force and so on; he had quite a tour in China during the war.

    Oral History Interview with George Watts Hill, January 30, 1986. Interview C-0047. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • The first was to drive north up the valley of the Hudson, seeking a rendezvous with a strong force of eight thousand troops heading south from Quebec under command of “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne, a flamboyant major general and a rival of William Howe for the favor of the British ministry.

    Robert Morris

  • To the other major general on the Suffolk front, John B. Hood, little of interest happened.


  • Their leader was Alexander McDougall, fifty years old, a major general and commander of the New York Line.

    Robert Morris

  • Age forty and a West Pointer, he proves himself capable of handling troops in battle and of hitting hard; but he is of a kindly, generous, and easy-going nature and, though he receives promotion to the grade of major general after the Seven Days, he has no inclination to advertise or to advance himself.


  • John B. Gordon was promoted major general as reward for his attack on May 6 and for his service in the Bloody Angle.



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