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air marshal

noun, British
1.
an air force officer of a rank comparable to an army lieutenant general.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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British Dictionary definitions for air marshal

air marshal

noun
1.
a senior Royal Air Force officer of equivalent rank to a vice admiral in the Royal Navy
2.
a Royal Australian Air Force officer of the highest rank
3.
a Royal New Zealand Air Force officer of the highest rank when chief of defence forces
4.
a person employed to travel as an armed guard on commercial flights to protect against hijacking
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Contemporary definitions for air marshal
noun

a commissioned officer of three-star rank in the Royal Air Force, equivalent to a lieutenant general in the army or vice admiral in the navy

Examples

On promotion to air marshal, he was appointed chief of staff of the headquarters.

Usage Note

UK

noun

an armed federal agent who is on flights for airliner protection, esp. as an anti-terrorist measure

Examples

There are air marshals on international flights.

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