- 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.
- general accounting office,
- general admission,
- general agreement on tariffs and trade,
- general american,
- general anaesthetic
- 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
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
The arrival of General Washington arrested the disorder, and determined the victory on our side.
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 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
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.