• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Paymaster-general In Great Britain, an officer of the Treasury who makes all payments and disbursements, civil as well as military. He is a member of the ministry, but not of the cabinet.
    • Paymaster-general In the United States army, an officer of the rank of brigadier general, who commands the pay department, which is charged with the payment of the officers and men.
    • Paymaster-general In the United States navy, the Chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing, who has charge of the payment of officers and men and their clothing and subsistence. He has the rank of rear admiral.
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In literature:

It also seems that one or the other generally acted as paymaster.
"Thomas Jefferson" by Edward S. Ellis et. al.
This time Corentin looked like an old paymaster-general.
"Scenes from a Courtesan's Life" by Honore de Balzac
As my noble friend the Paymaster-General said, they have committed an error resembling that of the Scotch army at Dunbar.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
They say it's Lieutenant Wainwright, a regular, of the paymaster general's department.
"Clarence" by Bret Harte
James Brydges, son of Lord Chandos of Sudeley, was appointed Paymaster-General of Forces Abroad in 1707.
"The Journal to Stella" by Jonathan Swift
The establishment of the annuity scheme for the benefit of the heirs of deceased officers, as suggested by the Paymaster-General.
"Messages and Papers of Rutherford B. Hayes" by James D. Richardson
Mr. Pitt, the paymaster-general of the forces, brought in a bill, which will ever remain a standing monument of his humanity.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Paymaster-General Cowie made the arrangements under orders from Secretary of the Navy Daniels.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
Franklin continued to be regarded as paymaster-general for the States in Europe.
"Benjamin Franklin" by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
He had been U.S. General Appraiser for New England, also paymaster; and was treasurer of the Union Institution for Savings.
"The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1886, Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 6, June, 1886" by Various
He was made Paymaster-General of the Forces and one of the Lords of the Treasury.
"Chelsea" by G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
Or rather, Dobbs: for Dobbs was paymaster-general.
"Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles" by Mrs. Henry Wood
He was also appointed Paymaster-General, and was sworn in as a Member of Her Majesty's Privy Council.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery - Volume 3 (of 4)" by John Charles Dent
He said it was believed at the paymaster general's office.
"The Wound Dresser" by Walt Whitman
Report of the Paymaster-General of the Navy for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1891.
"United States Government Publications, v. 8 Jan-Jun 1892" by Compiled
He was also appointed Paymaster-General, and was sworn in as a Member of Her Majesty's Privy Council.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery Volume 3" by John Charles Dent
During the Whisky Insurrection he was paymaster-general of the state militia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9" by Various
The General gave me a line to the Paymaster, and I went over to the Landing.
"Four Years A Scout and Spy" by E. C. Downs
East, west, south the messages flew: to the general superintendent, to Bob Adair, to the marshal, to the paymaster at Stanley Junction.
"Ralph, the Train Dispatcher" by Allen Chapman
Spencer Compton was Paymaster-General as well as Speaker, and, as Lord Wilmington, became Prime Minister in 1742.
"The Mother of Parliaments" by Harry Graham