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Meaning of MARSHAL

Pronunciation:  'mârshul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a law officer having duties similar to those of a sheriff in carrying out the judgments of a court of law
  2. [n]  (in some countries) a military officer of highest rank
  3. [v]  make ready for action or use; "marshal resources"
  4. [v]  arrange in logical order; "marshal facts or arguments"
  5. [v]  place in proper rank; of military troops
  6. [v]  lead ceremoniously, as in a procession

MARSHAL is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: marshall, mobilise, mobilize, summon
 See Also: arrange, Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, Bomber Harris, collect, commissioned military officer, comte de Saxe, Dowding, Dowdy, Duc d'Elchingen, field marshal, garner, gather, Harris, Hermann Maurice Saxe, Hickock, Hugh Dowding, James Butler Hickock, law officer, lawman, lay, Michel Ney, Ney, peace officer, place, pose, position, pull together, put, Saxe, set, set up, show, Sir Arthur Travers Harris, usher, Wild Bill Hickock



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mar"shal\, n. [OE. mareschal, OF. mareschal, F.
    mar['e]chal, LL. mariscalcus, from OHG. marah-scalc (G.
    marschall); marah horse + scalc servant (akin to AS. scealc,
    Goth. skalks). F. mar['e]chal signifies, a marshal, and a
    farrier. See {Mare} horse, and cf. {Seneschal}.]
    1. Originally, an officer who had the care of horses; a
       groom. [Obs.]
    2. An officer of high rank, charged with the arrangement of
       ceremonies, the conduct of operations, or the like; as,
       (a) One who goes before a prince to declare his coming and
           provide entertainment; a harbinger; a pursuivant.
       (b) One who regulates rank and order at a feast or any
           other assembly, directs the order of procession, and
           the like.
       (c) The chief officer of arms, whose duty it was, in
           ancient times, to regulate combats in the lists.
       (d) (France) The highest military officer. In other
           countries of Europe a marshal is a military officer of
           high rank, and called {field marshal}.
       (e) (Am. Law) A ministerial officer, appointed for each
           judicial district of the United States, to execute the
           process of the courts of the United States, and
           perform various duties, similar to those of a sheriff.
           The name is also sometimes applied to certain police
           officers of a city.
    {Earl marshal of England}, the eighth officer of state; an
       honorary title, and personal, until made hereditary in the
       family of the Duke of Norfolk. During a vacancy in the
       office of high constable, the earl marshal has
       jurisdiction in the court of chivalry. --Brande & C.
    {Earl marshal of Scotland}, an officer who had command of the
       cavalry under the constable. This office was held by the
       family of Keith, but forfeited by rebellion in 1715.
    {Knight marshal}, or {Marshal of the King's house}, formerly,
       in England, the marshal of the king's house, who was
       authorized to hear and determine all pleas of the Crown,
       to punish faults committed within the verge, etc. His
       court was called the Court of Marshalsea.
    {Marshal of the Queen's Bench}, formerly the title of the
       officer who had the custody of the Queen's bench prison in
       Southwark. --Mozley & W.
  2. \Mar"shal\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Marshaled}or
    {Marshalled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Marshaling} or {Marshalling}.]
    1. To dispose in order; to arrange in a suitable manner; as,
       to marshal troops or an army.
             And marshaling the heroes of his name As, in their
             order, next to light they came.       --Dryden.
    2. To direct, guide, or lead.
             Thou marshalest me the way that I was going. --Shak.
    3. (Her.) To dispose in due order, as the different
       quarterings on an escutcheon, or the different crests when
       several belong to an achievement.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The executive officer of the federal court.
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