Definition of provost marshal in English:

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provost marshal

Pronunciation: /prɒˈvəʊ mɑːʃl/


1The head of military police in camp or on active service.
Example sentences
  • As already mentioned, the provost marshal was the military policeman, issuing passes to civilians and military personnel and detaining prisoners.
  • For much of the Civil War, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick C. Newhall served as provost marshal and staff officer for Union cavalry commander Lieutenant General Philip Sheridan.
  • During the 18th century, once again, the rank and prestige of the provost marshal declined, with NCOs often being appointed on an ad hoc basis.
1.1(In the Royal Navy) a senior commissioned officer in the Regulatory Branch or Naval Dockyard Port.
Example sentences
  • He graduated from the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth prior to serving as Naval Provost Marshal (equivalent to the regional chief of police) for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and later as Combined Services Provost Marshal in Gibraltar.

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