field marshal

noun

Definition of field marshal 

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

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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 The field marshal will need to convince at least some of the 70 percent of Libya’s population who live in western regions generally hostile to him. Ghaith Shennib, Bloomberg.com, "Russia's Man in Libya Turns to the Street in Bid to Take Power," 2 Oct. 2017 No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, said Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, the 19th-century German field marshal. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Agony of the Wall," 15 Sep. 2017

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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field marshal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of field marshal

: the highest ranking military officer in the British Army

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