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Topic: OFFICIALS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: mareschal

marshal

1 noun
     
mar‧shal1 [countable]
1PM an officer of the highest rank in the army or air force of some countries:
Marshal Zhukov
the Marshal of the Royal Airforce
2PGO an official in charge of an important public event or ceremony:
Heston has been named grand marshal of the parade.
3 a person who controls crowds, traffic etc at a sports event or other public event:
I could see a marshal on the finish line waving a yellow flag.
4

federal/US marshal

American EnglishSCL a police officer employed by the national government to make sure people do what a court order says they must do
5 American English the officer in charge of a fire department
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