Variant of marshal
- 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: Middle English marescal from Old French mareschal from Frankish an unverified form marhskalk or Old High German marahscalh, literally , horse servant (from source Midieval Latin marescalcus) from marah, horse (akin to Old English mearh, horse: see mare) plush scalh, servant from Indo-European base an unverified form sel-, to spring
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