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major general

Syllabification: ma·jor gen·er·al

Definition of major general in English:

noun (plural major generals)

An officer in the US Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps ranking above brigadier general and below lieutenant general.
Example sentences
  • All ranks of lieutenant general, major general and brigadier general are staffed by men.
  • The four will be commissioned as Army major generals for an approximate two-year term while serving intermittently in this role.
  • Hicks was promoted from brigadier to major general before a gathering of more than 500 family, friends and co-workers.

Origin

mid 17th century: shortening of sergeant major general.

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