noun \ˈmär-shəl\

: an officer of the highest rank in some military forces

: a federal official who is responsible for doing the things that are ordered by a court of law, finding and capturing criminals, etc.

: the head of a division of a police or fire department

Full Definition of MARSHAL

a :  a high official in the household of a medieval king, prince, or noble originally having charge of the cavalry but later usually in command of the military forces
b :  a person who arranges and directs the ceremonial aspects of a gathering
a :  field marshal
b :  a general officer of the highest military rank
a :  an officer having charge of prisoners
b (1) :  a ministerial officer appointed for a judicial district (as of the United States) to execute the process of the courts and perform various duties similar to those of a sheriff
(2) :  a city law officer entrusted with particular duties
c :  the administrative head of a city police department or fire department
mar·shal·cy \-sē\ noun
mar·shal·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Variants of MARSHAL

mar·shal also mar·shall \ˈmär-shəl\

Origin of MARSHAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French mareschal, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German marahscalc marshal, from marah horse + scalc servant
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with MARSHAL



: to arrange (a group of people, such as soldiers) in an orderly way

: to move or lead (a group of people) in a careful way

: to arrange or prepare (something, such as your thoughts or ideas) in a clear, effective, or organized way

marshaled or marshalledmarshal·ing or marshal·ling \ˈmärsh-(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of MARSHAL

transitive verb
:  to place in proper rank or position <marshaling the troops>
:  to bring together and order in an appropriate or effective way <marshal arguments>
:  to lead ceremoniously or solicitously :  usher <marshaling her little group of children down the street>
intransitive verb
:  to take form or order <ideas marshaling neatly>

Variants of MARSHAL

marshal also marshall

Examples of MARSHAL

  1. She carefully marshaled her thoughts before answering the question.
  2. <marshaled their forces for battle>

First Known Use of MARSHAL

15th century

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