état-major

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From état (group, college) + major (main, principal).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

état-major m (plural états-majors)

  1. (military) general staff, headquarters (group of officers in charge of an army under the control of the commander-in-chief)
  2. (military) headquarters (military installation from which troops are commanded and orders are issued)
  3. (politics) administrative staff (body of staff that administers a political party)
  4. (business) senior management (group of people in charge of a corporation)
  5. (informal, by extension) any administrative body aimed at aiding a professional or academic in their work

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