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provost marshal

[proh-voh] /ˈproʊ voʊ/
Army. an officer on the staff of a commander, charged with the maintaining of order and with other police functions within a command.
Navy. an officer charged with the safekeeping of a prisoner pending trial by court-martial.
Origin of provost marshal
First recorded in 1525-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She was hurried from the provost marshal's and into the carriage again.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • The provost marshal could not see what the people wanted of so much provision.

  • I have referred him to the provost marshal for advice, instruction, and authority.

    Between the Lines

    Henry Bascom Smith
  • From Mrs. Surratt's house Payne was taken to the provost marshal's office.

    Between the Lines

    Henry Bascom Smith
  • I knew there was a provost marshal to report to in Baltimore.

    Between the Lines

    Henry Bascom Smith
  • The provost marshal and I steer between them as blandly as we can.

    Army Life in a Black Regiment Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • The provost marshal's patrol is going its rounds to preserve order.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • On my arrival, the commander of the post and the provost marshal were filled with joy.

    The Iron Furnace John H. Aughey
  • Nothing is too small for the gripe of the provost marshal's myrmidons.

    Border and Bastille George A. Lawrence
  • The provost marshal, a huge fellow in a red doublet, nods his head.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for provost marshal

provost marshal

the officer in charge of military police and thus responsible for military discipline in a large camp, area, or city
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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