Definition of marshal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːʃl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrʃl//
    The army, The police, The air force
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  1. 1(usually in compounds) an officer of the highest rank in the British army or air force Field Marshal Lord Haig Marshal of the Royal Air Force see also air chief marshal, air marshal, air vice-marshal, field marshal See related entries: The army, The air force
  2. 2a person responsible for making sure that public events, especially sports events, take place without any problems, and for controlling crowds synonym steward
  3. 3(in the US) an officer whose job is to put court orders into effect a federal marshal
  4. 4(in some US cities) an officer of high rank in a police or fire department See related entries: The police
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a high-ranking officer of state): from Old French mareschal ‘farrier, commander’, from late Latin mariscalcus, from Germanic elements meaning ‘horse’ (compare with mare) and ‘servant’.
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