Definition for AD'JU-TANT

AD'JU-TANT, n. [L. adjutans, aiding; from adjuto, to assist; of ad and juvo, jutum, to help.]

In military affairs, an officer whose business is to assist the major by receiving and communicating orders. Each battalion of foot and each regiment of horse has an adjutant, who receives orders from the brigade major, to communicate to the colonel, and to subalterns. He places guards, receives and distributes ammunition, assigns places of rendezvous, &c. Adjutant general, in an army, is the chief adjutant. Adjutants general, among the Jesuits, were a select number of fathers, who resided with the general of the order, each of whom had a province or country assigned to his care. Their business was to correspond with that province, by their delegates, emissaries or visitors, and give information of occurrences to the father-general. – Encyc.

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