- Army. an officer on the staff of a commander, charged with the maintaining of order and with other police functions within a command.
- Navy. an officer charged with the safekeeping of a prisoner pending trial by court-martial.
Origin of provost marshal
First recorded in 1525–35
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Examples from the Web for provost marshal
The provost-marshal's eyes are glittering, and his face is set and eager.A War-Time Wooing
He had found the Provost-Marshal's office, and proceeded to conduct us thither.Daring and Suffering:
I have some trouble about provost-marshal in your first district.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six
The prisoners were taken before the British provost-marshal to be examined.
The provost-marshal retired, satisfied with the precautions he had taken.The Young Lieutenant
- the officer in charge of military police and thus responsible for military discipline in a large camp, area, or city