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



BrE BrE//ˈdʒenrəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenrəl//
The air force
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(abbreviation Gen.) an officer of very high rank in the army and the US air force; the officer with the highest rank in the marines a four-star general General Tom Parker Both generals had commanded units in that area. see also brigadier general, major general See related entries: The air force Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin generalis, from genus, gener- ‘class, race, kind’. The noun primarily denotes a person having overall authority: the sense ‘army commander’ is an abbreviation of captain general, from French capitaine général ‘commander-in-chief’.
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