Definitions for aide-de-campˈeɪd dəˈkæmp; ˈeɪdz-
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aide-de-campˈeɪd dəˈkæmp; ˈeɪdz-(n.)(pl.)aides-de-camp
a subordinate military officer acting as a confidential assistant, esp. to a general or admiral.
Origin of aide-de-camp:
1660–70; < F: lit., camp helper
adjutant, aide, aide-de-camp(noun)
an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
A military officer who serves as an adjutant to a higher ranking officer, prince or other high political dignitary.
Unlike the orderly or batman, a humble low-ranking servant, an aide-de-camp is often a general, who before the institution of the chief of staff could hold a similar position to his chief.
Origin: itself from aide 'aide' + de 'of' camp '(military) camp'
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