• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Drum-major the chief drummer of a regiment (now called sergeant-drummer)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Teut. root found in Dut. trom, Ger. trommel, a drum; prob. imit.


In literature:

He'd draw himself up like a drum-major, and throw back the mahogany doors for the ladies to retire, with an air that was captivatin'.
"A Gentleman Vagabond and Some Others" by F. Hopkinson Smith
In return, the non-commissioned officers and men of the 72nd gave the 5th Gurkhas a very handsome ebony, silver-mounted Drum-Major's staff.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
I have even thought of a drum-major, but there seems no vacancy in that line.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Suppose I take the plaster cast of the tibia of Jaconowski, the Russian drum major.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
He felt, during that moment, like a drum-major who had "muffed" his baton on parade.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
The major stood at the window, and drummed on the panes.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
He saw the old drum-major coming towards him.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
To-day her husband was a prince incog., to-morrow a drum-major well known.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
I have seen pupils, trying to master the art of breathing, holding themselves as rigidly as drum majors.
"Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing" by Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
Took only two tries to teach him to stand up on his hind legs and walk for his meals, as straight as a drum major.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
Without facing about, each captain or special unit commander, except the drum major, commands: 1.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
The drum-major soon became emboldened and raised the tips of his fingers to his lips.
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
The man was drum-major to one of the British regiments.
"The Short-story" by William Patterson Atkinson
You're no farther behind than the drum-major is.
"The Master's Violin" by Myrtle Reed
How smart the adjutant was, and what a tremendous fellow the drum-major!
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby
DRUM-MAJOR, in the British army, a warrant or non-commissioned officer whose duty it is to teach and direct the drummers.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Her principal parts were the drummer boy in "The Drum Major" and the German girl in "The Merry War.
"Famous Prima Donnas" by Lewis Clinton Strang
Buttertub hates Stacey; he wanted to be drum-major himself.
"Witch Winnie's Mystery, or The Old Oak Cabinet" by Elizabeth W. Champney
He'll come back like a drum-major!
"The Salamander" by Owen Johnson
About this time we became acquainted with Morlock Mastodon, Drum-Major to his highness the Grand Duke of Samothracia.
"Humorous Readings and Recitations" by Various

In news:

Southridge High School drum major Graham Bourque directs the marching band Thursday at halftime against Hermiston at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.
Graham is the latest of his siblings to be drum major at Southridge.
(AP) — The family of a Florida A&M drum major who died a year ago after being beaten during a hazing ritual plan a candlelight vigil on Monday to mark the anniversary.
Drum major's parents condemn Florida A&M response to lawsuit.
Florida A&M University's insistence that it is not to blame for a drum major's death during a hazing ritual shows school officials are not taking responsibility for the safety of students, the band member's parents said Thursday.
FAMU says it's not responsible for drum major's hazing death.
Florida A&M to try to settle suit over drum major's hazing death.
Florida A&M president resigns in wake of drum-major hazing death.
No sword play for Trojans' drum major.
FAMU Drum Major's Death Ruled a Homicide.
Florida A&M Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion during a performance at halftime of the game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Oct 8, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Acclaimed rock drummer Jim Keltner, who has played on major albums by Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Neil Young and many others, sits for a photo at Drum Doctors in Glendale.
Seabreeze High School's drum major Ben Scaccia, a senior from.
The drum major from USC's marching band places a sword in the midfield logo before a home game against California on Sept 22.
A Grambling drum major high struts during the halftime show of a NCAA football game between Grambling and Prairie View A&M on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.