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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

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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