a military officer of the highest rank, as in the French and some other armies. Compare field marshal.
an administrative officer of a U.S. judicial district who performs duties similar to those of a sheriff.
a court officer serving processes, attending court, giving personal service to the judges, etc.
the chief of a police or fire department in some cities.
a police officer in some communities.
a higher officer of a royal household or court.
an official charged with the arrangement or regulation of ceremonies, parades, etc.: the marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade.
verb (used with object), marshaled, marshaling or (especially British) marshalled, marshalling.
to arrange in proper order; set out in an orderly manner; arrange clearly: to marshal facts; to marshal one's arguments.
to array, as for battle.
to usher or lead ceremoniously: Their host marshaled them into the room.
Heraldry. to combine (two or more coats of arms) on a single escutcheon.

1225–75; Middle English marshal, syncopated variant of mareschal < Old French < Germanic; compare Old High German marahscalh groom, equivalent to marah horse (see mare1) + scalh servant, cognate with Old English scealc

marshalcy, marshalship, noun
marshaler; especially British, marshaller, noun
remarshal, verb (used with object), remarshaled, remarshaling or (especially British) remarshalled, remarshalling.
submarshal, noun
undermarshal, noun
unmarshaled, adjective
unmarshalled, adjective

marshal, marital, martial.

9. order, dispose; convoke. See gather.

9. scatter. Unabridged
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marshal (ˈmɑːʃəl)
1.  (in some armies and air forces) an officer of the highest rank
2.  (in England) an officer, usually a junior barrister, who accompanies a judge on circuit and performs miscellaneous secretarial duties
3.  in the US
 a.  a Federal court officer assigned to a judicial district whose functions are similar to those of a sheriff
 b.  (in some states) the chief police or fire officer
4.  an officer who organizes or conducts ceremonies, parades, etc
5.  Also called: knight marshal (formerly in England) an officer of the royal family or court, esp one in charge of protocol
6.  an obsolete word for ostler
vb , -shals, -shalling, -shalled, -shals, -shaling, -shaled
7.  to arrange in order: to marshal the facts
8.  to assemble and organize (troops, vehicles, etc) prior to onward movement
9.  to arrange (assets, mortgages, etc) in order of priority
10.  to guide or lead, esp in a ceremonious way
11.  to combine (two or more coats of arms) on one shield
[C13: from Old French mareschal; related to Old High German marahscalc groom, from marah horse + scalc servant]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. mareschal, originally "stable officer, horse tender, groom" (Frankish L. mariscaluis) from Frank. *marhskalk, lit. "horse-servant" (cf. O.H.G. marahscalc "groom"), from P.Gmc. *markhaz "horse" (see mare (1)) + *skalkaz "servant" (cf. Du. schalk "rogue,
wag," Goth. skalks "servant"). Cognate with O.E. horsþegn. For development history, cf. constable. The verb "to arrange for fighting" is from 1580s. Related: Marshaled.
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in some past and present armies, including those of Britain, France, Germany, Russia or the Soviet Union, and China, the highest ranking officer. The rank evolved from the title of marescalci (masters of the horse) of the early Frankish kings. The importance of cavalry in medieval warfare led to the marshalship being associated with a command position; this rank came to include the duties of keeping order at court and in camp and of deciding questions of chivalry. As a military leader the marshal was originally subordinate to the constable in the various states of western Europe. By the 13th century, however, the marshal was rapidly coming to prominence as a commander of the royal forces and a great officer of state

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Example sentences
Learn about the work first, and you can likely marshal the skills to do it.
And both can marshal strong arguments that they are better managed than their
  erstwhile peers.
Safe, on-street parking is available for a small fee paid either to an official
  parking marshal or unofficial minder.
The field marshal in charge of the rocket base looks on, while launch pad
  workers scurry in the upper left background.
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