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provost marshal

  1. Army. an officer on the staff of a commander, charged with the maintaining of order and with other police functions within a command.
  2. Navy. an officer charged with the safekeeping of a prisoner pending trial by court-martial.
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Origin of provost marshal

First recorded in 1525–35
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Examples from the Web for provost marshal

Historical Examples

  • The provost-marshal's eyes are glittering, and his face is set and eager.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King

  • He had found the Provost-Marshal's office, and proceeded to conduct us thither.

    Daring and Suffering:

    William Pittenger

  • I have some trouble about provost-marshal in your first district.

  • The prisoners were taken before the British provost-marshal to be examined.

  • The provost-marshal retired, satisfied with the precautions he had taken.

British Dictionary definitions for provost marshal

provost marshal

  1. the officer in charge of military police and thus responsible for military discipline in a large camp, area, or city
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