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marshal

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

marshall

Definition of marshal

  1. 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 forcesb :  a person who arranges and directs the ceremonial aspects of a gathering a parade marshal

  2. 2a :  field marshalb :  a general officer of the highest military rank

  3. 3a :  an officer having charge of prisonersb (1) :  a ministerial (see ministerial 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 dutiesc :  the administrative head of a city police department or fire department

marshalcy

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marshalship

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Did You Know?

Although most French words are derived from Latin, a few result from the 3rd-century Germanic occupation of France, and the early French mareschal is one such word. Mareschal is related to Old High German marahscalc, formed by combining marah ("horse") and scalc ("servant"). Our marshal, which comes from mareschal, originally meant "a person in charge of the upkeep of horses" when it was borrowed into Middle English, but by the 13th century it described a high royal official as well. Eventually it came to have other meanings.

Origin and Etymology of marshal

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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marshal

verb mar·shal
variants: or less commonly

marshall

Definition of marshal

marshaled

or

marshalled

;

marshaling

or

marshalling

\ˈmärsh-(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to place in proper rank or position marshaling the troops

  3. 2 :  to bring together and order in an appropriate or effective way marshal arguments marshaled her thoughts before answering the question

  4. 3 :  to lead ceremoniously or solicitously :  usher marshaling her little group of children down the street

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to take form or order ideas marshaling neatly

Examples of marshal in a sentence

  1. She carefully marshaled her thoughts before answering the question.

  2. marshaled their forces for battle

Origin and Etymology of marshal

see 1marshal


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of marshal

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 Defined for English Language Learners

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marshal

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noun mar·shal \ˈmär-shəl\

Definition of marshal for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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marshal

verb mar·shal

Definition of marshal for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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marshal

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noun mar·shal \ˈmär-shəl\

Definition of marshal for Students

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

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

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

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


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marshal

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verb mar·shal

Definition of marshal for Students

marshaled

or

marshalled

;

marshaling

or

marshalling

  1. :  to arrange in order marshal troops


Law Dictionary

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marshal

noun mar·shal \ˈmär-shəl\

Legal Definition of marshal

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  the administrative head of the police or especially fire department in some cities of the U.S.


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marshal

transitive verb mar·shal
variants: also

marshall

Legal Definition of marshal

marshaled

also

marshalled

marshaling

also

marshalling

  1. :  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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