Meaning of marshal

mar•shal

Pronunciation: (mär'shul), [key]
— n., v., -shaled, -shal•ing -shalled, -shal•ling.
—n.
  1. a military officer of the highest rank, as in the French and some other armies. Cf.
  2. an administrative officer of a U.S. judicial district who performs duties similar to those of a sheriff.
  3. a court officer serving processes, attending court, giving personal service to the judges, etc.
  4. the chief of a police or fire department in some cities.
  5. a police officer in some communities.
  6. See
  7. a higher officer of a royal household or court.
  8. an official charged with the arrangement or regulation of ceremonies, parades, etc.: the marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade.
—v.t.
  1. to arrange in proper order; set out in an orderly manner; arrange clearly: to marshal facts; to marshal one's arguments.
  2. to array, as for battle.
  3. to usher or lead ceremoniously: Their host marshaled them into the room.
  4. to combine (two or more coats of arms) on a single escutcheon.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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