field marshal

noun

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

Examples of field marshal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alex Cooper has sold a letter from George Washington as well as a World War II-era field marshal baton that fetched more than $700,000 in 2010. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 8 Mar. 2024 Prince Philip was by his wife’s side for her Scottish coronation celebration and wore a field marshal's uniform. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 July 2023 This doctrine, developed in the 1950s by military innovators such as the British field marshal Gerald Templer in Malaya and the U.S. operative Edward Lansdale in the Philippines, holds that a military can’t defeat an insurgency by simply killing insurgents. Max Boot, Foreign Affairs, 2 June 2021 Prince Philip was by his wife’s side for her Scottish coronation celebration in 1953 and sported a field marshal's uniform. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 July 2023 Sankara had put his small country in the news and begun shaking up his region not by executing opponents or expelling migrant trading communities from distant continents or declaring himself emperor, president for life, or field marshal, as was happening around this time in other African countries. Howard W. French, The New York Review of Books, 7 Oct. 2021 January 2014 - Is promoted to field marshal. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 28 June 2021 Douri, who was nominally a field marshal in the Iraqi army, was a vigorous proponent of the two military adventures, the 1980 invasion of Iran and 1990 annexation of Kuwait, that did inestimable harm to Iraq's economy and standing in the Arab world and cost hundreds of thousands of lives. Philip Terzian, Washington Examiner, 5 Nov. 2020 Sparky, the face of the organization, its field marshal, is not going anywhere. Globe Columnist, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1736, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of field marshal was in 1736

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“Field marshal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/field%20marshal. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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field marshal

noun
: an officer (as in the British army) of the highest rank

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