An example of a general was former president Dwight Eisenhower who was a five-star general in the U.S. Army.
An example of general used as an adjective is a general election where voters can vote for anyone they choose.
An example of general used as an adjective is someone speaking in a general way, a way that most people will understand.
The general manager.
The general classifications of matter.
The general spelling of a word.
The general features of a plan.
To speak in general terms.
A general manager, an attorney general.
A general store.
The general correctness of her decisions.
A general unrest.
A general anesthetic, the general welfare.
A general grasp of the subject.
- (u.s. army, u.s. air force) Such an officer, with an insignia of four stars, ranking above a lieutenant general.
- (u.s. marine corps) An officer of the highest rank.
- in the main; usually
- without specific details
- with reference to all spoken of
Origin of general
- Middle English from Latin generālis from genus gener- kind genə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition