1. an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quartermaster \Quar"ter*mas`ter\, n. [Quarter + master: cf. F.
1. (Mil.) An officer whose duty is to provide quarters,
provisions, storage, clothing, fuel, stationery, and
transportation for a regiment or other body of troops, and
superintend the supplies.
2. (Naut.) A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle,
signals, and the like, under the direction of the master.
Quartermaster general (Mil.), in the United States a staff
officer, who has the rank of brigadier general and is the
chief officer in the quartermaster's department; in
England, an officer of high rank stationed at the War
Office having similar duties; also, a staff officer,
usually a general officer, accompanying each complete army
in the field.
Quartermaster sergeant. See Sergeant.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
39 Moby Thesaurus words for "quartermaster":
OD, boatswain, captain, caterer, chandler, chief engineer,
chief mate, commander, commissariat, commissary, deck officer,
donor, furnisher, manciple, master, mate, merchant, naval officer,
navigating officer, navigator, patron, pipes, provider,
provisioner, purveyor, retailer, sailing master, second mate,
shipmaster, skipper, steward, stock clerk, storekeeper, supplier,
sutler, the Old Man, victualer, vivandier, watch officer