Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of marshal: used archaically, especially with reference to a marshal of France.
- n. historical An officer of an household.
- n. military A man of the highest military rank in certain countries.
- n. A herald.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A military officer of high rank; a marshal.
- From Old French mareschal meaning horse ("mare") + servant ("schal"). (Wiktionary)
“The army of the famous mareschal Turenne, in revenge for injuries more than hostile, as was pretended, had committed terrible depre-dations in the Palatinate.”
“He was particularly acquainted with the cardinal de Bernis, and the mareschal de Muy.”
“Cotgrave explains Old Fr. mareschal maréchal as --”
““A mareschal of France never surrenders,” was his intrepid answer; and immediately the batteries, distant only 250 yards, opened a tremendous storm of grape shot.”
“Brandenburg; he attained to the dignity of mareschal in France, grandee in”
“Of stout spearmen and fleet-footed clansmen Bruce had abundance; but what were his archers to the archers of England, or his five hundred horse under Keith the mareschal, to the rival knights of England, Hainault, Guienne, and”
“The bowmen do not seem to have been defended by pikes; they fell beneath the lances of the mareschal, as the archers of Ettrick had fallen at Falkirk.”
“No sooner were the confederate nobles informed of John's reply than they chose Robert Fitz-Walter their general, whom they called "the mareschal of the army of God and of Holy Church"; and they proceeded without further ceremony to levy war upon the King, They besieged the castle of Northampton during fifteen days, though without success; the gates of Bedford castle were willingly opened to them by William”
“Had this continued it would have been as fatal to the Scots at Bannockburn as it was at Falkirk; but happily the Scottish horse told off for this special service were here commanded by no traitors, and at the critical moment the king launched Sir Robert Keith, the mareschal of Scotland, against the archers with 500 horsemen.”
“Sarsfield, their brigadier, for these services, was made mareschal-de-camp.”
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