field marshal

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  1. an officer of the highest military rank in the British and certain other armies, and of the second highest rank in the French army.

Origin of field marshal

First recorded in 1570–80

Words Nearby field marshal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use field marshal in a sentence

  • He distinguished himself in several campaigns, especially in the Peninsular war, and was raised to the rank of field marshal.

  • A field-marshal has his uniform, a bishop his silk apron, a counsellor his silk gown, a beadle his cocked hat.

  • This proof of confidence—the object of much secret envy—is, to women, a field-marshal's baton.

  • Impossible to be so disrespectful to the field marshal or so inconsiderate to their department as to reject the soft impeachment.

  • The field marshal was, I believe, sitting on a low hill having breakfast with his staff when the keys were delivered up to him.

    The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young

British Dictionary definitions for field marshal

field marshal

  1. an officer holding the highest rank in the British and certain other armies

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