marshal

[mahr-shuhl]

noun

verb (used with object), mar·shaled, mar·shal·ing or (especially British) mar·shalled, mar·shal·ling.


Nearby words

  1. marsh wren,
  2. marsh's test,
  3. marsh, dame ngaio,
  4. marsh, reginald,
  5. marsha,
  6. marshal of the royal air force,
  7. marshall,
  8. marshall islands,
  9. marshall plan,
  10. marshall, alfred

Origin of marshal

1225–75; Middle English marshal, syncopated variant of mareschal < Old French < Germanic; compare Old High German marahscalh groom, equivalent to marah horse (see mare1) + scalh servant, cognate with Old English scealc

Related forms
Can be confusedmarshal marital martial

Synonym study

9. See gather.

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British Dictionary definitions for marshal

marshal

noun

(in some armies and air forces) an officer of the highest rank
(in England) an officer, usually a junior barrister, who accompanies a judge on circuit and performs miscellaneous secretarial duties
(in the US)
  1. a Federal court officer assigned to a judicial district whose functions are similar to those of a sheriff
  2. (in some states) the chief police or fire officer
an officer who organizes or conducts ceremonies, parades, etc
Also called: knight marshal (formerly in England) an officer of the royal family or court, esp one in charge of protocol
an obsolete word for ostler

verb -shals, -shalling or -shalled or US -shals, -shaling or -shaled (tr)

to arrange in orderto marshal the facts
to assemble and organize (troops, vehicles, etc) prior to onward movement
to arrange (assets, mortgages, etc) in order of priority
to guide or lead, esp in a ceremonious way
to combine (two or more coats of arms) on one shield
Derived Formsmarshalcy or marshalship, nounmarshaller or US marshaler, noun

Word Origin for marshal

C13: from Old French mareschal; related to Old High German marahscalc groom, from marah horse + scalc servant

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