From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
'Etat Major \['E]'tat" Ma'jor"\ [F., fr. ['e]tat state + L. major greater.] (Mil.) The staff of an army, including all officers above the rank of colonel, also, all adjutants, inspectors, quartermasters, commissaries, engineers, ordnance officers, paymasters, physicians, signal officers, judge advocates; also, the noncommissioned assistants of the above officers. et cetera
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