Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

  • noun an officer holding the highest rank in the army

Etymologies

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

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