- 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.
Origin of general
SYNONYMS FOR general
Related formsgen·er·al·ness, nounpseu·do·gen·er·al, adjectiveun·der·gen·er·al, noun
The military sense of general (noun) dates from the mid-16th century; general officer and general of the army date from the mid-17th century. The heads of some Roman Catholic religious orders are called generals, a usage that began in the 16th century and applied originally to the Jesuits but now applies to the Franciscans and Dominicans as well; the usage was extended in the 19th century to the head of the Salvation Army.
The phrase in general originally meant “in a body, collectively” (a sense that is now obsolete), with a clear relation to the sense of the adjective general “with respect to a whole class, group, or category.” It later developed further to mean “usually,” which can be interpreted as meaning “as a general rule (rather than a specific instance).”
Definition for general (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for general
It also contains some clunky passages of adultery, temptations of the flesh, and general sexual awkwardness.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Your general reaction runs along the lines of: “When will these geezers give it up and go for a mall walk or something?”
In general, their presence is meant to throw you off your game by design.
And the Absinthe House has a full list: Other famous imbibers include P.T. Barnum, Oscar Wilde, and General Robert E. Lee.
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|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With all this, the general resistiveness, as has been stated, remained towards feeding or any other interference.Benign Stupors|August Hoch
The arts in general are carried among these people to a greater degree of perfection than by the other natives of Sumatra.The History of Sumatra|William Marsden
The arrival of General Washington arrested the disorder, and determined the victory on our side.
The General had a quick eye to see where improvement could be introduced, and his energy never flagged.From Slave to College President|Godfrey Holden Pike
I wrote the one here in question, which met with general acceptance; and I do not remember that any one else competed.The Germ|Various
British Dictionary definitions for general (1 of 2)
Derived Formsgeneralness, noun
Word Origin for general
British Dictionary definitions for general (2 of 2)
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Culture definitions for general
A thumb-sized hero of children's stories from the sixteenth century on.
Idioms and Phrases with general
see in general; on (general) principle.