American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The head of a unit of military police.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.), (Nav.) An officer who has charge of prisoners on trial by court-martial, serves notices to witnesses, etc.
- n. the supervisor of the military police
“More likely, it was that I'd explained to them that provost marshal meant military police.”
“We got, through the instrumentality of Gen. Saxton, who was provost marshal under Gen. Gilmore at Beaufort, permission to send Deacon Steward to Beaufort; and there we found a little steamer that was in the government employ, on which we put Brother Steward with his credentials, as pastor of the African Methodism in Florida.”
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