[syn: adjutant bird, adjutant, adjutant stork, Leptoptilus dubius]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Adjutant \Ad"ju*tant\, n. [L. adjutans, p. pr. of adjutare to
help. See Aid.]
1. A helper; an assistant.
2. (Mil.) A regimental staff officer, who assists the
colonel, or commanding officer of a garrison or regiment,
in the details of regimental and garrison duty.
(a) (Mil.), the principal staff officer of an army,
through whom the commanding general receives
communications and issues military orders. In the U.
S. army he is brigadier general.
(b) (Among the Jesuits), one of a select number of
fathers, who resided with the general of the order,
each of whom had a province or country assigned to his
3. (Zool.) A species of very large stork (Ciconia argala),
a native of India; -- called also the gigantic crane,
and by the native name argala. It is noted for its
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior
officer [syn: adjutant, aide, aide-de-camp]
2: large Indian stork with a military gait [syn: adjutant
bird, adjutant, adjutant stork, Leptoptilus dubius]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
28 Moby Thesaurus words for "adjutant":
acolyte, agent, aid, aide, aide-de-camp, aider, assistant,
attendant, auxiliary, best man, coadjutant, coadjutor, coadjutress,
coadjutrix, deputy, executive officer, help, helper, helpmate,
helpmeet, lieutenant, paranymph, paraprofessional, second, servant,
sideman, supporting actor, supporting instrumentalist
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
ADJUTANT. A military officer, attached to every battalion of a regiment. It
is his duty to superintend, under his superiors, all matters relating to the
ordinary routine of discipline in the regiment.