- U.S. Army and Air Force.an officer ranking above a lieutenant general and below a general of the army or general of the air force.
- U.S. Army.an officer of any of the five highest ranks: a brigadier general, major general, lieutenant general, general, or general of the army.
- U.S. Marine Corps.an officer holding the highest rank in the corps.
- (in numerous armies) an officer in the highest, second, or third highest rank, as one ranking immediately below a field marshal in the British army.
- with respect to the whole class referred to; as a whole: He likes people in general.
- as a rule; usually: In general, the bus is here by 9 a.m.
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Related Words for generalcommonplace, natural, normal, generic, familiar, universal, routine, humdrum, regular, accustomed, broad, ordinary, public, prevailing, loose, catholic, collective, overall, diffuse, infinite
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Contemporary Examples of general
It also contains some clunky passages of adultery, temptations of the flesh, and general sexual awkwardness.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Your general reaction runs along the lines of: “When will these geezers give it up and go for a mall walk or something?”The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
In general, their presence is meant to throw you off your game by design.Brie Larson’s Hollywood Transformation
December 29, 2014
And the Absinthe House has a full list: Other famous imbibers include P.T. Barnum, Oscar Wilde, and General Robert E. Lee.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
Krivov was sentenced to serve four years at a general regime penal colony for his fight for freedom and human rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Historical Examples of general
At present it was dark and weather-beaten, and in a general state of neglect.Brave and Bold
He acquired a general knowledge of the ebb and flow of popular stocks.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
These laws are general and their administration should be uniform and equal.
The general probability of his statements could not, unfortunately be gainsaid.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Sunday comes, and brings with it a day of general gloom and austerity.Sunday under Three Heads
Word Origin for general
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c.1200, "comprehensive, inclusive, full," from Latin generalis "relating to all, of a whole class" (contrasted with specialis), from genus (genitive generis) "stock, kind" (see genus). General store attested by 1810, American English; a general hospital (1737) is one not restricted to one class of persons or type of disease.
late 14c., "whole class of things or persons," from general (adj.). Meaning "commander of an army" is 1570s, shortening of captain general, from Middle French capitaine général. The English adjective was affixed to civic officer designations by late 14c. to indicate superior rank and extended jurisdiction.
A thumb-sized hero of children's stories from the sixteenth century on.
see in general; on (general) principle.