drum major
noun Date: 1807 the leader of a marching band

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  • drum major — drum majors 1) N COUNT A drum major is a sergeant in the army who is in charge of the drummers in a military band, or who leads the band when they are marching. [BRIT] 2) N COUNT A drum major is a man who leads a marching band by walking in front …   English dictionary

  • Drum major — Drum ma jor . 1. The chief or first drummer of a regiment; an instructor of drummers. [1913 Webster] 2. The marching leader of a military band. [U.S.] [1913 Webster] 3. A noisy gathering. [R.] See under {Drum}, n., 4. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drum major — [ US ˈ. ˌ..] n the male leader of a ↑marching band …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • drum major — noun count the leader of a military MARCHING BAND …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • drum major — n. a person who leads a marching band, keeping time with a baton …   English World dictionary

  • Drum major — A drum major leading an Austrian marching band A drum major is the leader of a marching band, drum and bugle corps, or pipe band, usually positioned at the head of the band or corps. The drum major, who is often dressed in more ornate clothing… …   Wikipedia

  • drum major — noun the leader of a marching band or drum corps (Freq. 1) • Derivationally related forms: ↑drum majorette • Hypernyms: ↑conductor, ↑music director, ↑director * * * noun, pl ⋯ jors [count] : the leader of a marching band …   Useful english dictionary

  • drum major — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms drum major : singular drum major plural drum majors the leader of a military marching band …   English dictionary

  • drum-major — drumˈ maˈjor noun The marching leader of a military band • • • Main Entry: ↑drum …   Useful english dictionary

  • drum major — drum′ ma jor n. mad the leader of a marching band • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • drum-major — /drʌm ˈmeɪdʒə/ (say drum mayjuh) noun a person (in the army usually of the rank of sergeant major) in command of a corps of drums, who also commands both the band and corps of drums on parade …   Australian English dictionary

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