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From Anglo-Norman marescal, marschal and Old French marescal, mareschal, from Medieval Latin mariscalcus, either from Frankish *marhskalk or from Old High German marah-scalc (horse-servant) from Proto-Germanic *marhaz + *skalkaz (whence Old Saxon maraskalk, marahscalc). Compare Middle English mere (mare) + schalk.


  • IPA(key): /ˈmarəstʃal/, /ˈmartʃal/, /ˈmarʃal/


marchal (plural marchals)

  1. A high-ranking officer in the household of the English royal court.
  2. One who looks after or supervises horses; a stablemaster.
  3. A supreme military leader; one who heads an armed force.
  4. A supervisor of the Marshalsea Court (alongside the king's steward).
  5. A supervisor of the procedure or ceremonial activity of a court.
  6. (rare) The head officer of the English royal court.

Derived terms[edit]


  • English: marshal
  • Scots: marshal