grand marshal

noun

: a person honored as the ceremonial marshal of a parade

Examples of grand marshal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Actress-producer Awkwafina, who was born Nora Lum in the year of the dragon, is the grand marshal. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 Actress-producer Awkwafina has been named grand marshal of San Francisco’s celebrated Chinese New Year Parade and will light the ceremonial firecrackers to kick off the Year of the Dragon event Feb. 24. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 16 Jan. 2024 Ernestine Shepherd is taking her goal of getting Baltimore walking to Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade as grand marshal of the festivities. Maya Lora, Baltimore Sun, 12 Jan. 2024 The grand marshal will be Pia Harris-Ebert, longtime San Marcos elementary teacher and the first woman to serve on the San Marcos City Council. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 His widow, Pamela Howard, rode in the grand marshal car in his place. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2024 Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is the grand marshal. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2023 In 2017 he was featured in a Lululemon ad campaign called Strength to Be, and was the grand marshal of the Chicago Pride Parade in 2018. Dan Allen, NBC News, 30 Oct. 2023 Advertisement There will be grand marshals representing each of the milestones: 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War: Gary and Larry Soper, Purple Heart recipients for their courageous actions and wounds suffered in combat during the Vietnam War. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grand marshal was in 1951

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“Grand marshal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grand%20marshal. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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