Pronunciation: (mär'shul), [key]
—n., v., -shaled, -shal•ing or (esp. Brit.) -shalled, -shal•ling.
1. a military officer of the highest rank, as in the French and some other armies. Cf. field marshal.
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 sky marshal.
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.
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. Heraldry.to combine (two or more coats of arms) on a single escutcheon.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.