What does marshal mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term marshal:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. marshal, marshall(noun)

    a law officer having duties similar to those of a sheriff in carrying out the judgments of a court of law

  2. marshal, marshall(verb)

    (in some countries) a military officer of highest rank

  3. marshal(verb)

    place in proper rank

    "marshal the troops"

  4. marshal(verb)

    arrange in logical order

    "marshal facts or arguments"

  5. mobilize, mobilise, marshal, summon(verb)

    make ready for action or use

    "marshal resources"

  6. marshal(verb)

    lead ceremoniously, as in a procession


  1. Marshal(ProperNoun)

    An English surname, a rare spelling of Marshall.

  2. Marshal(ProperNoun)

    derived from the surname, usually spelled Marshall.

  3. marshal(Noun)

    A high-ranking officer in the household of a medieval prince or lord, who was originally in charge of the cavalry and later the military forces in general.

  4. marshal(Noun)

    A military officer of the highest rank in several countries, including France and the former Soviet Union; equivalent to a general of the army in the United States. See also field marshal.

  5. marshal(Noun)

    A person in charge of the ceremonial arrangement and management of a gathering.

  6. marshal(Noun)

    A sheriff's assistant.

  7. marshal(Verb)

    to arrange troops etc. in line for inspection or a parade

  8. marshal(Verb)

    to arrange facts etc. in some methodical order

  9. marshal(Verb)

    to ceremoniously guide, conduct or usher

  10. marshal(Verb)

    to gather data for transmission

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marshal(noun)

    originally, an officer who had the care of horses; a groom

  2. Marshal(noun)

    an officer of high rank, charged with the arrangement of ceremonies, the conduct of operations, or the like

  3. Marshal(noun)

    one who goes before a prince to declare his coming and provide entertainment; a harbinger; a pursuivant

  4. Marshal(noun)

    one who regulates rank and order at a feast or any other assembly, directs the order of procession, and the like

  5. Marshal(noun)

    the chief officer of arms, whose duty it was, in ancient times, to regulate combats in the lists

  6. Marshal(noun)

    the highest military officer

  7. Marshal(noun)

    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

  8. Marshal(verb)

    to dispose in order; to arrange in a suitable manner; as, to marshal troops or an army

  9. Marshal(verb)

    to direct, guide, or lead

  10. Marshal(verb)

    to dispose in due order, as the different quarterings on an escutcheon, or the different crests when several belong to an achievement

  11. Origin: [OE. mareschal, OF. mareschal, F. marchal, LL. mariscalcus, from OHG. marah-scalc (G. marschall); marah horse + scalc servant (akin to AS. scealc, Goth. skalks). F. marchal signifies, a marshal, and a farrier. See Mare horse, and cf. Seneschal.]


  1. Marshal

    Marshal is a word used in several official titles of various branches of society. As marshals became trusted members of the courts of Medieval Europe, the title grew in reputation. During the last few centuries, it has been used for elevated offices, such as in military ranking and civilian law enforcement.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Marshal

    mär′shal, n. an officer charged with the regulation of ceremonies, preservation of order, points of etiquette, &c.: the chief officer who regulated combats in the lists: a pursuivant or harbinger: a herald: in France, an officer of the highest military rank: (U.S.) the civil officer of a district, corresponding to the sheriff of a county in England.—v.t. to arrange in order: to lead, as a herald:—pr.p. mar′shalling; pa.t. and pa.p. mar′shalled.ns. Mar′shaller, one who marshals; Mar′shalling, act of arranging in due order; Mar′shalsea, till 1842 a prison in Southwark, under the marshal of the royal household; Mar′shalship, office of marshal. [O. Fr. mareschal (Fr. maréchal); from Old High Ger. marah, a horse, schalh (Ger. schalk), a servant.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. marshal

    (Fr. maréchal). A term which originally meant a groom or manager of the horse, though eventually the king’s marshal became one of the principal officers of state in England. The royal farrier rose in dignity with the increasing importance of the chevalerie, till he became conjointly with the constable the judge in the Curiæ Martiales, or courts of chivalry. When the king headed his army in feudal times, the assembled troops were inspected by the constable and marshal, who fixed the spot for the encampment of each noble, and examined the number, arms, and condition of his retainers. With these duties was naturally combined the regulation of all matters connected with armorial bearing standards, and ensigns. The constable’s functions were virtually abolished in the time of Henry VIII., and the marshal became thenceforth the sole judge in questions of honor and arms. (See Earl Marshal.) In France, the highest military officer is called a marshal, a dignity which originated early in the 13th century. There was at first only one maréchal de France, and there were but two till the time of James I. Their number afterwards became unlimited. Originally, the marshal was the esquire of the king, and commanded the vanguard in war; in later times, the command became supreme, and the rank of the highest military importance. See Field-Marshal.

  2. marshal

    To dispose in order; to arrange in a suitable manner; as, to marshal troops or an army.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Marshal

    From the Teutonic mare, horse, and schalk, servant. This term, through the French maréchal, originally signified the groom of the horse; now it means in a civil sense the master of the horse and head of the ceremonies in devising pageants and processions. The Duke of Norfolk, as Earl Marshal of England, takes precedence over all other noblemen.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of marshal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of marshal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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