Definitions

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

  • n. A military officer acting as secretary and confidential assistant to a superior officer of general or flag rank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A military officer who serves as an adjutant to a higher ranking officer, prince or other high political dignitary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Milit., a confidential officer whose duty it is to receive and communicate the orders of a general officer, act as his secretary upon occasion, and the like. Sometimes written aid-de-camp.

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

Etymologies

French : aide, assistant + de, of + camp, camp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French, from aide 'aide' + de 'of' camp '(military) camp' (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Learning that it was the mother of the bride, he called his aide-de-camp, General Losoi, and said, “Fetch me a man capable of committing any crime from theft to murder.”

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  • As an artillery officer of cool daring and efficiency, he caught George Washington's notice, joined his staff as aide-de-camp at age 22, and became for much of the next 16 years his right-hand man in war and peace.

    Hamilton's Shining House on a Hill

  • He was fort adjutant and aide-de-camp to the Governor-General, Lord Auckland, and left the Indian army with the rank of captain.

    The Loughnan Affair

  • But today we have some new "buzz,"courtesy of Page Six, speculating that maybe the book was written by longtime McCain speechwriter and aide-de-camp Mark Salter, whose "adjective-filled style is similar to the 'O' author's."

    Mark Salter Caught Up In 'O' Speculation

  • He should lay in stores for the next campaign and was empowered to appoint an aide-de-camp, military secretary, and other staff officers.

    George Washington’s First War

  • When William Fairfax warned him that members of the military committee thought his appointment of an aide-de-camp and military secretary should be disallowed, Washington again hinted at resignation.

    George Washington’s First War

  • “It cannot reasonably be supposed that I, who am stripped of the help I once was allowed”—meaning his aide-de-camp—“can turn my hands and my thoughts to such a multiplicity of business.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • Mercer, George 1733–1784, aide-de-camp then company commander under Washington

    George Washington’s First War

  • Reed later served as Washingtons cabinet member as well as aide-de-camp.

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  • As Washington's military aide-de-camp and later his cabinet consigliere, Hamilton fell comfortably into an appropriate patrician deism, an easy fit with his long standing skepticism toward institutionalized religion.

    Matt J. Rossano: Alexander Hamilton's Religion: A Temperate Example For Today's Fractured World

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  • I've heard Governors General in Australia, although we never have more than one GG at a time. But used in something like, "Governors General have traditionally had backgrounds in law", it works.

    March 28, 2008

  • Like Secretaries General and Chiefs of Staff.

    March 28, 2008

  • ...and its interesting plural, aides-de-camp.

    March 27, 2008