- The definition of a marshal is a high ranking official or military officer in certain countries.
An example of a marshal is a senior officer in the fire or police department in the United States.
- To marshal is defined as to guide or assemble people - especially soldiers - into a specific place or specific order.
When you guide soldiers to line up in an order that has ceremonial significance, this is an example of a situation where you marshal the soldiers.
- a groom or, later, a master of the horse in a medieval royal household
- a high official of a royal household or court, as in medieval times, in charge of military affairs, ceremonies, etc.
- a military commander; specif.,
- field marshal
- in various foreign armies, a general officer of the highest rank
- an officer of the highest rank in the British Royal Air Force
- an official in charge of ceremonies, processions, rank and order, etc. who arranges the order of march
- ☆ an officer of various kinds in the U.S.; specif.,
- a federal officer appointed to a judicial district to carry out orders and perform functions like those of a sheriff
- a minor officer of the law in some cities
- the head, or a high-ranking officer, of a police or fire department in some cities
Origin of marshalMiddle English marescal ; from Old French mareschal ; from Frankish an unverified form marhskalk or Old High German marahscalh, literally , horse servant (from source Medieval Latin marescalcus) ; from marah, horse (akin to Old English mearh, horse: see mare) + scalh, servant ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sel-, to spring
- a. A military officer of the highest rank in some countries.b. A field marshal.
- a. An officer of the courts of the United States who performs various duties such as protecting judges, transporting prisoners, and apprehending fugitives.b. A public official who performs various duties for the courts of a city, such as enforcing orders for money judgments or evictions.
- The head of a police or fire department in the United States.
- A person in charge of a parade or ceremony.
- A high official in a royal court, especially one aiding the sovereign in military affairs.
verbmar·shaled, mar·shal·ing, mar·shals also mar·shalled or mar·shal·ling
- To arrange or place (troops, for example) in line for a parade, maneuver, or review.
- To arrange, place, or set in methodical order: marshal facts in preparation for an exam. See Synonyms at arrange.
- To enlist and organize: trying to marshal public support.
- To guide ceremoniously; conduct or usher.
- To take up positions in a military formation.
- To take form or order: facts marshaling as research progressed.
Origin of marshalMiddle English, from Old French mareschal, of Germanic origin; see marko- in Indo-European roots.
- mar′shal·cy, mar′shal·ship′
- A high-ranking officer in the household of a medieval prince or lord, who was originally in charge of the cavalry and later the military forces in general.
- A military officer of the highest rank in several countries, including France and the former Soviet Union; equivalent to a general of the army in the United States. See also field marshal.
- A person in charge of the ceremonial arrangement and management of a gathering.
- (US) A federal lawman.
(third-person singular simple present marshals, present participle marshalling or marshaling, simple past and past participle marshalled or marshaled)
Anglo-Norman marescal, marschal, Old French marescal, mareschal (“farrier; military commander”), from Late Latin mariscalcus (“groom, army commander, court dignitary”), either from Frankish *marhskalk , or from Old High German marah-scalc (“horse-servant”) , from Proto-Germanic *marhaz + *skalkaz (whence Old Saxon maraskalk, marahscalc). Compare English mare + shalk.
marshal - Computer Definition
marshal - Legal Definition
- A federal court employee with police-like powers who provides security, guards prisoners, and seizes property in execution of judgments, among other functions.
- A state or local official with responsibilities like those of a sheriff.
- Arranging in order of priority or in a logical pattern.