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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. 2017.
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  • The medical department handled one aspect of the case and the provost marshal the other.

  • The provost marshal could not see what the people wanted of so much provision.

  • After dinner, Captain Doughty came forth, kneeled down at the block, and was at once beheaded by the provost marshal.

    Under Drake's Flag G. A. Henty
  • I knew there was a provost marshal to report to in Baltimore.

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • The provost marshal, who was marching up and down the courtyard, came up slowly, like a dog proud of his fidelity.

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

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • The provost marshal stooped and took the handkerchief off, to find that not even the cloth of the pantaloons had been injured.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • She was hurried from the provost marshal's and into the carriage again.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • He immediately went before a provost marshal, told his story, and recognized one of his captors who was just entering the door.

    Fugitive Slaves Marion Gleason McDougall
  • The provost marshal's patrol is going its rounds to preserve order.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
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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