Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An officer in some European armies, usually ranking just below the commander in chief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In certain nations the highest military rank, ranking below only the commander in chief; now essentially disused.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the highest military rank conferred in the British and other European armies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An officer of the highest military rank in the British, German, and some other European armies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an officer holding the highest rank in the army

Etymologies

From field + marshal, after German Feldmarschall or its source, Middle French maréchal de camp. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Castles of Steel

  • 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.

    The Welkening

  • "Gratefulness for that, Shatenka," wheezed the field marshal in passable Massood.

    The False Mirror

  • The field marshal left the table without a word of reply and General Ludendorff departed, clearly annoyed and scarlet in the face.”

    Castles of Steel

  • 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.

    Castles of Steel

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