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[kwawr-ter-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈkwɔr tərˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/

Military. an officer charged with providing quarters, clothing, fuel, transportation, etc., for a body of troops.
Navy. a petty officer having charge of signals, navigating apparatus, etc.
an officer responsible for accommodation, food, and equipment in a military unit
a rating in the navy, usually a petty officer, with particular responsibility for steering a ship and other navigational duties

early 15c., “subordinate officer of a ship,” from French quartier-maître or directly from Dutch kwartier-meester; originally a ship’s officer whose duties included stowing of the hold; later (c.1600) an officer in charge of quarters and rations for troops. See quarters.


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