field marshal


Definition of field marshal

: the highest ranking military officer (as in the British army)

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Recent Examples on the Web Mulan was so passable that her field marshal (Zhao Yiting) tried to play matchmaker between her and his daughter. Martin Tsai, Washington Post, "The live-action ‘Mulan’ is not the first retelling of the legend. Or the second. Or the sixth.," 4 Sep. 2020 The field marshal in April declared the deal dead, looking to set himself up as the sole power in the east by sidelining the legislature. Abdel Latif Wahba,, "Arabs Press for Libya Ceasefire, Halt to Foreign Meddling," 23 June 2020 Operation Torch brought American forces to Africa, where the British were engaged in deadly battles with German field marshal Erwin Rommel. Matthew W. Chwastyk, National Geographic, "See maps of nine key moments that defined WWII," 6 May 2020 In reality, the last thing Americans need today is more war, whether actual or imagined—or a president who fancies himself a field marshal. Andrew J. Bacevich, The New Republic, "Will 2020 Finally Kill America’s War Fetish?," 9 June 2020 If the police officers are the angels, then Cadena is their field marshal, directing them where to go or what to do to help a person in crisis. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "When police officers need quick help for people in distress, this Phoenix charity answers the call," 24 Nov. 2019 President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, of Egypt, a former field marshal who has orchestrated two military coups since 2011 and now ranks as the most autocratic leader in his country’s modern history. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Unbelievable Hypocrisy of Trump’s New “Unalienable Rights” Panel," 9 July 2019 King Vajiralongkorn, who attended an Australian military academy, served in the army and holds the ranks of field marshal, admiral and air marshal, is obsessed with military titles, training and hierarchy. The Economist, "Relations between Thailand’s army and king are becoming one-sided," 5 Sep. 2019 On at least one front of the cultural wars, Kennedy served as a field marshal for the liberal side. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Anthony Kennedy’s Great Legacy: His Exit," 27 June 2018

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Field marshal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of field marshal

: the highest ranking military officer in the British Army

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