from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used as a title for a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative assistant of a headquarters unit of the U.S. Army or Marine Corps.
- n. One who holds this title.
- n. Chiefly British A noncommissioned or warrant officer of the highest rank in a company or unit of battalion size.
- n. A small damselfish (Abudefduf saxatilis) of warm seas, having a flattened body with dark vertical stripes. Also called cow pilot.
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- n. A senior non-commissioned appointment in the Army of a company or unit, directly responsible to the officer in charge for their soliders' performance, standards, discipline, morale, welfare, et al, that can be held by a Warrant Officer or above.
- n. The most senior rank of non-commissioned officer in the United States Army and United States Marine Corps, ranking above a first sergeant.
- n. An appointment (not a rank) in the British Army and Royal Marines, denoting the most senior non-commissioned officer in a battalion, regiment or company.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The cow pilot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the army, the highest non-commissioned officer in a regiment. He acts as assistant to the adjutant.
- n. The cow-pilot, a fish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large blue-grey black-striped damselfish; nearly worldwide
- n. a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative officer of a headquarters unit of the Army
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Budënny had been a sergeant major in a cavalry division (not the Cossacks, although later he did not object to a myth asserting this).
Probably only the regimental sergeant major and one or two of the troop-sergeants were my equals on horseback, and his lordship congratulated me once or twice on my riding.