Definition of field cornet in English:

field cornet

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noun

South African historical
  • 1A civilian official invested with the rank and responsibilities of a military officer and with judicial powers enabling him to act as a local administrator and magistrate.
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    • They referred me to the Field Cornet, who denied the use of explosive bullets.
    • Later that day Commandant de Beer and Field Cornet Grobbelaar came personally to the laager to urge Gen. Cronje to attempt his escape.
  • 2A rank in the army equivalent to that of lieutenant.
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    • The play has a number of characters with the rank of field-cornet, operating with British forces to quell the rebellion of 1815.
    • I've assigned him the rank of Field Cornet, the Boer equivallent of a non-commissioned officer.

Origin

translating South African Dutch veld kornet, from veld 'field' + kornet, specifying a military rank.

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