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

  • n. A staff officer who helps a commanding officer with administrative affairs.
  • n. An assistant.
  • n. See marabou.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lower-ranking officer who assists a higher-ranking officer with administrative affairs.
  • n. An assistant.
  • n. A bird in the genus Leptoptilos of the stork family Ciconiidae.
  • adj. The noun used as a modifier (e.g. adjutant officer).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A helper; an assistant.
  • n. A regimental staff officer, who assists the colonel, or commanding officer of a garrison or regiment, in the details of regimental and garrison duty.
  • n. 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 serpent-destroying habits.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Helping; assistant. Bullokar (1676).
  • n. A helper; an assistant; an aid.
  • n. Milit., properly, a regimental staff-officer appointed to assist the commanding officer of a regiment in the discharge of the details of his military duty.
  • n. The adjutant-bird (which see).

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

  • n. an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
  • n. large Indian stork with a military gait


From Latin adiūtāns, adiūtant-, present participle of adiūtāre, to help; see aid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin adiūtō, frequentative of adiuvō ("assist"). First attested in 17th century. Or from Latin adiuvāns, present participle of adiuvō, from iuvō ("help") (Wiktionary)



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