marshal: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (mär'shul), [key]
— n., v., -shaled, -shal•ing -shalled, -shal•ling.
- a military officer of the highest rank, as in the French and some other armies. Cf.
- an administrative officer of a U.S. judicial district who performs duties similar to those of a sheriff.
- a court officer serving processes, attending court, giving personal service to the judges, etc.
- the chief of a police or fire department in some cities.
- a police officer in some communities.
- a higher officer of a royal household or court.
- an official charged with the arrangement or regulation of ceremonies, parades, etc.: the marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade.
- to arrange in proper order; set out in an orderly manner; arrange clearly: to marshal facts; to marshal one's arguments.
- to array, as for battle.
- to usher or lead ceremoniously: Their host marshaled them into the room.
- to combine (two or more coats of arms) on a single escutcheon.
- marshal (Thesaurus)