Meaning of “drum major” in the English Dictionary

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"drum major" in British English

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drum majornoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdrʌm ˈmeɪ.dʒər/ us /ˌdrʌm ˈmeɪ.dʒɚ/

Examples from literature

  • A hundred yards away, to the right, an officer walked backwards with an automatic pistol balanced on his finger, smiling, pulling his men along like a drum major. 
  • I have seen pupils, trying to master the art of breathing, holding themselves as rigidly as drum majors. 
  • The father was strutting with all the importance of a drum major. 
  • Wise kings wear shabby clothes, and leave the gold lace to the drum major. 
  • With the heavy club he gave his wires a sure test, and between sections, first in play, afterward to keep his circulation going, he had acquired the skill of an expert drum major. 

(Definition of “drum major” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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