field marshal


Definition of field marshal

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

Examples of field marshal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Bears’ field marshal grabbed it, wheeling to his right, finding a bit of open turf and striding into Stanford territory. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 And the great Prussian field marshal Count Friedrich Wilhelm von Bülow brought his troops decisively to the aid of the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. Guy Martin, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 On nine cushions on the altar were military regalia, including Philip’s Royal Air Force wings and field marshal’s baton as well as the Order of the Elephant, bestowed on him by Denmark, and the Order of the Redeemer, by Greece., 17 Apr. 2021 Philip was appointed to the highest ranks in the armed services: admiral of the fleet, field marshal and marshal of the Royal Air Force. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021 DeWitt is a field marshal in the local war against poverty, disease and hunger. CBS News, 21 Feb. 2021 Mulan was so passable that her field marshal (Zhao Yiting) tried to play matchmaker between her and his daughter. Martin Tsai, Washington Post, 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,, 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, 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of field marshal

1736, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of field marshal was in 1736

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24 Nov 2021

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“Field marshal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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: the highest ranking military officer in the British Army

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