a military officer of the highest rank, as in the French and some other armies.: Compare field marshal.
an administrative officer of a U.S. judicial district who performs duties similar to those of a sheriff.
a court officer serving processes, attending court, giving personal service to the judges, etc.
the chief of a police or fire department in some cities.
a police officer in some communities.
a higher officer of a royal household or court.
an official charged with the arrangement or regulation of ceremonies, parades, etc.: the marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade.
to arrange in proper order; set out in an orderly manner; arrange clearly: to marshal facts; to marshal one's arguments.
to array, as for battle.
to usher or lead ceremoniously: Their host marshaled them into the room.
Heraldry. to combine (two or more coats of arms) on a single escutcheon.
- mar·shal·cy, mar·shal·ship, noun
- mar·shal·er; especially British, mar·shal·ler, noun
- re·mar·shal, verb (used with object), re·mar·shaled, re·mar·shal·ing or (especially British) re·mar·shalled, re·mar·shal·ling.
- sub·mar·shal, noun
- un·der·mar·shal, noun
- un·mar·shaled, adjective
- un·mar·shalled, adjective
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How to use marshal in a sentence
The medical car and track marshals were on the scene seconds after Grosjean's car came to rest, half of it wedged into the guardrail.How Romain Grosjean walked away from F1’s scariest crash in decades | Jonathan M. Gitlin | November 30, 2020 | Ars Technica
His only path is to recoup some of his losses with seniors, and at the same time marshal a gigantic turnout from his base, says Borick.Who will decide the election? It may come down to Pennsylvania seniors | Shawn Tully | October 28, 2020 | Fortune
Another deputy marshal told detectives that Reinoehl had his hand on his pistol and was in the process of pulling the gun out of his pocket when officers fired.New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on Portland Antifa Suspect | by Bryan Denson for ProPublica and Conrad Wilson, Oregon Public Broadcasting | October 13, 2020 | ProPublica
Brady said that in the frantic seconds after deputy marshals opened fire, Reinoehl ran from his car and tried to take refuge behind a truck parked by his VW.New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on Portland Antifa Suspect | by Bryan Denson for ProPublica and Conrad Wilson, Oregon Public Broadcasting | October 13, 2020 | ProPublica
The project was controversial enough that armed federal marshals were deployed to defend the tree-cutting crew.It’s His Land. Now a Canadian Company Gets to Take It. | by Lee van der Voo for ProPublica | October 1, 2020 | ProPublica
They marshaled their underlings in San Pedro Sula and set to recruiting a whole new crop of chairmen for their army.The Deported L.A. Gangs Behind This Border Kid Crisis | Michael Daly | July 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Back in the day, I marshaled some of the rare coins I had in junior high and took out a subscription to Rolling Stone.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band | Grover Lewis | March 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even without the evidence marshaled by Bebchuk, Brav and Jiang, Lipton's complaint was always a bit far-fetched.
What is known is that he has in these 50 chapters marshaled his best defense; only history's final verdict remains unknown.
But in 1995, after three decades, lawmakers finally marshaled enough support to terminate the TCMP audits.
The procession of one of the mighty, on the other hand, was marshaled with all possible display and ostentation.The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
And then, as though the heavens had marshaled all their strength for one tremendous assault, the thunder broke forth.Unveiling a Parallel | Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
The crowded warriors circled out and rode more slowly as their chiefs marshaled them.The Way of an Indian | Frederic Remington
It was a war such as the world never before witnessed; it was fought by such armies as never before were marshaled on the field.The Blue and The Gray | A. R. White
Arriving at the point that was to witness their sudden attack, Paul marshaled his followers in a compact mass.The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound | George A. Warren
British Dictionary definitions for marshal
(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)
a Federal court officer assigned to a judicial district whose functions are similar to those of a sheriff
(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
to arrange in order: to 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
- marshalcy or marshalship, noun
- marshaller or US marshaler, noun
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