American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An officer in some European armies, usually ranking just below the commander in chief.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer of the highest military rank in the British, German, and some other European armies. In France the grade has existed at various times, usually corresponding to that of general of brigade. It was suppressed in 1848. The rank is often nominal, the Duke of Wellington having been field-marshal in various European armies. Abbreviated F. M.
- n. military In certain nations the highest military rank, ranking below only the commander in chief; now essentially disused.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) the highest military rank conferred in the British and other European armies.
- n. an officer holding the highest rank in the army
- From field + marshal, after German Feldmarschall or its source, Middle French maréchal de camp. (Wiktionary)
“The troops already in camp at Lemnos, Kitchener decreed, were to remain on that island until the fleet had battered the inner forts into submission; thereupon, the field marshal conceded, it might be necessary to put a few men ashore at the Bulair neck of Gallipoli to prevent supplies from reaching isolated Turkish troops on the peninsula.”
“Lizbeth thought he looked like a field marshal in a movie, right in the moment when he knew he was out-manned, under-supplied, and moving closer to a disastrous battle.”
“Gratefulness for that, Shatenka," wheezed the field marshal in passable Massood.”
“The field marshal left the table without a word of reply and General Ludendorff departed, clearly annoyed and scarlet in the face.””
“Just after 4: 00 p.m., the towering field marshal reached out across Iron Duke’s spray-swept deck and clasped the hand of the small admiral.”
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