field marshal


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, 13 Dec. 2022 Juusti sat and sipped tea at the same conference table that field marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, hero of the Winter War, had used to pore over maps and conjure a strategy of defense against the invading Soviets. Stuart Stevens, Outside Online, 12 Dec. 2017 Read full article King Charles III, in dress uniform and carrying a field marshal’s baton, walked behind the coffin, joined by his sister, Princess Anne, and their two brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Mark Landler,, 14 Sep. 2022 The Irishman Francis Taaffe, for instance, became a field marshal and was sent on diplomatic missions. David Pryce-jones, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2022 In San Francisco, Bullimore ran the house with his customary dry wit, exacting standards, and field marshal manner. James Reginato, Town & Country, 5 July 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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field marshal

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

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