Where does the phrase “aide-de-camp” come from and What does aide de camp mean?

Without by-your-leave or even the courtesy of an attempt to observe the original pronunciation, we “borrowed” the phrase aide-de-camp from the French.

Literally it means “an assistant of the field”.

Hence, one upon whom a general officer relies, on the field of battle, to receive and transmit orders.

However, the duties of such a confidential assistant nowadays are not limited to attendance upon a field officer.

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