marshal

noun
mar·shal | \ ˈmär-shəl \
variants: or less commonly marshall

Definition of marshal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a high official in the household of a medieval king, prince, or noble originally having charge of the cavalry but later usually in command of the military forces

b : a person who arranges and directs the ceremonial aspects of a gathering a parade marshal

2a : field marshal

b : a general officer of the highest military rank

3a : an officer having charge of prisoners

b(1) : a ministerial (see ministerial sense 3) officer appointed for a judicial district (as of the U.S.) to execute the process of the courts and perform various duties similar to those of a sheriff

(2) : a city law officer entrusted with particular duties

c : the administrative head of a city police department or fire department

marshal

verb
variants: or less commonly marshall
marshaled or marshalled; marshaling or marshalling\ˈmärsh-(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of marshal (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place in proper rank or position marshaling the troops

2 : to bring together and order in an appropriate or effective way marshal arguments marshaled her thoughts before answering the question

3 : to lead ceremoniously or solicitously : usher marshaling her little group of children down the street

intransitive verb

: to take form or order ideas marshaling neatly

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Other words from marshal

Noun

marshalcy \-sē \ noun
marshalship \-ˌship \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for marshal

Synonyms: Verb

mobilize, muster, rally

Antonyms: Verb

demobilize

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Verb

order, arrange, marshal, organize, systematize, methodize mean to put persons or things into their proper places in relation to each other. order suggests a straightening out so as to eliminate confusion. ordered her business affairs arrange implies a setting in sequence, relationship, or adjustment. arranged the files numerically marshal suggests gathering and arranging in preparation for a particular operation or effective use. marshaling the facts for argument organize implies arranging so that the whole aggregate works as a unit with each element having a proper function. organized the volunteers into teams systematize implies arranging according to a predetermined scheme. systematized billing procedures methodize suggests imposing an orderly procedure rather than a fixed scheme. methodizes every aspect of daily living

marshal Has Old German Roots

Noun

Although most French words are derived from Latin, a few—among them marshal—are Germanic. In the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the Germanic Franks occupied what is now France and left behind a substantial linguistic legacy, including what became medieval French mareschal. Mareschal came from a Frankish compound noun corresponding to Old High German marahscal, composed of marah, meaning “horse” (Old English mearh, with a feminine form mere, whence English mare), and scalc, meaning “servant” (Old English scealc). The original “marshal” was a servant in charge of horses, but by the time the word was borrowed from French into English in the 14th century it referred primarily to a high royal official.

Examples of marshal in a Sentence

Verb

She carefully marshaled her thoughts before answering the question. marshaled their forces for battle

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These include expanding the existing School Marshal Program, which allows school districts, private schools and junior colleges to appoint a school marshal for their schools. State Senator Robert Nichols, Houston Chronicle, "Nichols: Comptroller hoping to reconnect Texans with unclaimed property," 29 June 2018 By the end of the summer, the number of marshals is expected to reach 143, said Gretchen Grigsby, government relations director for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Teachers, school staff confront ‘shooter’ training drills," 29 June 2018 Fire ripped through a mid-1800's-era house in West Bloomfield in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to the city's fire marshal. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Mid-1800s home damaged by fire in West Bloomfield," 6 June 2018 Michigan's fire marshal, Kevin Sehlmeyer, says common sense and safety precautions can help avoid serious burns and fires at the grill. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Grilling in the garage in Warren could soon land you in jail," 18 June 2018 Days after the shooting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott advocated for armed marshals, an increase in law enforcement, stronger gun storage laws and more funds to be allocated to mental health issues. Angela Barajas, CNN, "Students lead calls for gun law reform on National Die-In Day," 12 June 2018 In October 2000, Kim Jong Il’s right-hand man and vice marshal, Jo Myong Rok, flew to the United States, becoming the most senior North Korean official to visit its wartime foe since the end of the Korean War. Time, "From Spy Games to Summits, Here Are 10 Historic Moments in U.S.-North Korean Relations," 11 June 2018 State fire marshals, who are also authorized under the rules to assist in inspections, have approved 96 assisted living facilities as of May 25. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "Could nursing home horror of Hurricane Irma happen again? Most facilities not ready.," 1 June 2018 Fire marshals are investigating to determine the cause of the fire. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "2 dead in North Philadelphia house fire," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

They are used to playing with each other and this could help to form a unique chemistry, enabling them to marshal an effective defensive unit. SI.com, "Why Tottenham Should Move to Sign Colombia Defender Yerry Mina From Barcelona," 12 July 2018 As a result, Trump’s next selection will need to marshal but a simple majority to clear the filibuster. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump amplifying calls to ditch the legislative filibuster as midterms near," 4 July 2018 Compassion Katy is marshaling community support for its expanded Operation Back 2 School program that provides help to students in the Katy Independent School District. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Compassion Katy reaches out to disadvantaged Katy ISD students," 11 July 2018 Uruguay will present much more resistance in the back, with Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez marshaling a stout back line. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "World Cup Quarterfinal Power Rankings: Field Narrows to Powers, Surprises," 4 July 2018 But the Supreme Court underscores its ability to counteract the undertow of its deepening, unpopular extremism by marshaling countermajoritiarian power. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Republican Court and the Era of Minority Rule," 27 June 2018 Yesterday Howard Keitel was able to marshal the forces and get the War of 1812 guys out. Fox News, "Critics too quick to criticize President Trump on North Korea summit?," 13 June 2018 Another possibility is to marshal community support. San Francisco Chronicle, "federal laws didn’t prohibit discharges into the sanctuary," 2 June 2018 Authorities believe two other men were also involved in the robbery, but were not able to marshal enough evidence to make arrests. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "Failure to testify against co-defendant nets longer prison term for man in slaying of Bensenville store clerk," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of marshal

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for marshal

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French mareschal, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German marahscalc marshal, from marah horse + scalc servant

Verb

see marshal entry 1

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marshal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marshal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an officer of the highest rank in some military forces

: a federal official who is responsible for doing the things that are ordered by a court of law, finding and capturing criminals, etc.

: the head of a division of a police or fire department

marshal

verb

English Language Learners Definition of marshal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to arrange (a group of people, such as soldiers) in an orderly way

: to move or lead (a group of people) in a careful way

: to arrange or prepare (something, such as your thoughts or ideas) in a clear, effective, or organized way

marshal

noun
mar·shal | \ ˈmär-shəl \

Kids Definition of marshal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who arranges and directs ceremonies a parade marshal

2 : an officer of the highest rank in some military forces

3 : a federal official having duties similar to those of a sheriff

4 : the head of a division of a city government fire marshal

marshal

verb
marshaled or marshalled; marshaling or marshalling

Kids Definition of marshal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to arrange in order marshal troops

marshal

noun
mar·shal | \ ˈmär-shəl \

Legal Definition of marshal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a ministerial officer appointed for each judicial district of the U.S. to execute the process of the courts and perform various duties similar to those of a sheriff

2 : a law officer in some cities (as New York) of the U.S. who is entrusted with particular duties (as serving the process of justice of the peace courts)

3 : the administrative head of the police or especially fire department in some cities of the U.S.

marshal

transitive verb
variants: also marshall
marshaled also marshalled; marshaling also marshalling

Legal Definition of marshal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fix the order of (assets) with respect to liability or availability for payment of obligations also : to fix the order of (as liens or remedies) with respect to priority against a debtor's assets — see also marshaling

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