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Ranks: Military


acolouthos akolouthosakoluthos the head of the Varangian guard of the Byzantine emperors. [Gk. akolouthos, an attendant].
adjutant an officer who assists superior officers by communicating orders, conducting correspondence, etc.
adjutancy the office of an adjutant.
admiral a naval officer of high rank, spec. of the rank next below Admiral of the Fleet; the commander of a fleet or squadron.
admiralship the office of ADMIRAL.
admiralty the office of admiral.
akolouthos see ACOLOUTHOS.
akoluthos see ACOLOUTHOS.
ammiral (obs.) admiral.
bimbashi a military officer in Turkey > BIMBASHIS. [Turkish bin, thousand, + bas, head].
bombardier in the British army, a non-commissioned officer in the artillery.
bosun boatswain a ship's officer in charge of equipment and maintenance.
brevet the promotion of a military officer to a higher rank without a corresponding increase in pay; (verb) to promote without an increase in pay > BREVETS, BREVETING or BREVETTING, BREVETED or BREVETTED.
brevetcy the rank or condition of a brevet officer.
cadet a student at a military school.
cadetship the position, rank, or commission of a cadet.
capitan the chief admiral of the Turkish fleet.
capitayn (obs.) a captain.
captain a head or chief officer; the commander of a ship; the commander of a company of troops; (verb) to act as a captain over.
captaincy the office of a captain.
captainry the rank or condition of a captain.
centurion the leader of a Roman century, one hundred men.
cocaptain a joint captain; (verb) to captain jointly.
cockswain coxswain the steersman of a boat; a petty officer who has charge of a boat and its crew; (verb) to take charge of a boat and crew.
colonel a military officer.
colonelcy the office, rank, or commission of a colonel.
commander one who commands; an officer in the navy next in rank under a captain.
commandery the office or rank of a commander.
commodore an officer of a rank between an admiral and a captain; the senior captain in a fleet of merchant ships.
cornet up to 1871, a cavalry officer, later a sub-lieutenant.
cornetcy the commission or rank of a CORNET.
coronel (obs.) a colonel.
corporal in the army, a non-commissioned officer next below a sergeant in rank.
decurion in the Roman army, an officer over 10 soldiers.
ensign until 1871, the officer of lowest commissioned rank in the British infantry; an officer of lowest commissioned rank in the US navy.
ensigncy the rank or office of an ensign.
ensignship the state or rank of an ensign.
flugelman fugleman orig. a soldier placed usually on a flank during drill to serve as a guide for his company; now a leader generally.
general an army officer between a field marshal and lieutenant-general in rank; (verb) to act as a general > GENERALS, GENERALLING, GENERALLED.
generalate the office of a general.
generalcy the rank of general.
generalissimo the chief commander of an army.
goldstick a colonel of the Life Guards, who carries a gilded wand before his sovereign.
havildar the rank of sergeant in the Indian army.
hipparch in ancient Greece, a cavalry commander.
jamadar jemadar jemidar in the native army of India, an officer of a rank corresponding to that of lieutenant in the English army.
janty jauntie jaunty jonty a naval master-at-arms.
jaygee a military officer.
jemadar see JAMADAR.
jemidar see JAMADAR.
jonty see JANTY.
killadar the commandant of a fort or garrison.
lancejack a lance corporal.
lieutenant an official empowered to act for a higher official.
lieutenantry the office of lieutenant.
looey looie louie (coll.) lieutenant.
major a military officer below a lieutenant colonel; (verb) to do one's principal study in > MAJORS, MAJORING, MAJORED.
majorship the rank or office of a MAJOR.
mareschal a marshal.
marischal a marshal; (verb) to marshal > MARISCHALS, MARISCHALLING, MARISCHALLED.
marshal an officer of the highest military rank.
marshalcy the rank, office or department of a marshal.
midshipman formerly, the title of a young officer (orig quartered amidships) entering the navy.
midshipmate a MIDSHIPMAN.
naik the rank of CORPORAL in the Indian army.
navarch the commander of a fleet. [Gk. nauarchos, from naus, ship + arche, rule].
noncom a non-commissioned officer.
paladin a trusted military leader (as for a medieval prince), esp. each of the twelve bravest and most famous warriors of Charlemagne's court.
patroon a ship's captain; a holder of a grant of land from the Dutch governor of New York.
patroonship the office of PATROON.
penteconter a commander of a troop of fifty men.
plebe a freshman at a military or naval academy.
private not public > PRIVATER, PRIVATEST; PRIVATELY; (noun) a private soldier > PRIVATES.
ranker a person who serves or has served as a private soldier; an officer who has risen from the ranks.
reefer a MIDSHIPMAN.
ressaldar risaldar an Indian troop commander.
sarge (coll.) a sergeant.
seraskier a general or commander of land forces in the Turkish empire.
sergeancy the office or rank of a sergeant.
sergeant serjeant a noncommissioned military officer, the next rank above CORPORAL.
serjeancy the office or rank of SERJEANT.
shavetail (coll.) a second lieutenant.
snottie (coll.) a midshipman.
snotty a midshipman; (adj.) foul with snot > SNOTTIER, SNOTTIEST; SNOTTILY.
stickleader the leader of a stick of paratroops.
subadar subahdar subedar a native officer in an Indian regiment corresponding to a captain.
subahdary the office of a SUBAHDAR.
subahship the office of a SUBAHDAR.
subaltern a person holding a subordinate position; specif: a junior officer (as in the British army).
subedar see SUBADAR.
swaddie swaddy a soldier, esp. a militiaman.
taxiarch an Athenian military officer commanding a certain division of an army.
teleman a naval officer > TELEMEN.
topkick (coll.) a first sergeant.
trierarch the captain of a Greek trireme; an Athenian who outfitted and maintained a trireme as part of his civic duty.



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