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general US English

Affecting or concerning all or most people, places, or things; widespread

the general in general US English

The general public

in general US English

Usually; mainly

agent general US English

The representative of an Australian state or Canadian province in a major foreign city

cook-general US English

A domestic servant who does both housework and cookery

vicar general US English

An Anglican official serving as a deputy or assistant to a bishop or archbishop

general staff US English

The staff assisting a military commander in planning and executing operations

general store US English

A store, typically in a small town, selling a wide variety of goods

General Synod US English

The highest governing body of the Church of England, an elected assembly of three houses (bishops, clergy, and laity)

major general US English

An officer in the US Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps ranking above brigadier general and below lieutenant general

captain general US English

An honorary rank of senior officer in the British army, most commonly in an artillery regiment

consul general US English

A consul of the highest status, stationed in a major city and supervising other consuls in the district

States-General US English

The bicameral legislative body in the Netherlands

surgeon general US English

The head of a public health service or of an armed forces medical service

general average US English

(In maritime law) the apportionment of financial liability for the loss arising from the jettisoning of cargo by dividing the costs among all those whose property (ship or cargo) was preserved by the action

General Baptist US English

A member of an Arminian Baptist congregation who rejects the Calvinist doctrine of predestination

general counsel US English

The main lawyer who gives legal advice to a company

general dealer US English

(In South Africa) the keeper of a rural or township store

general meeting US English

A meeting open to all members of an organization

general officer US English

An officer ranking above colonel in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps

general-purpose US English

Having a range of potential uses; not specialized in function or design

General Santos US English

A port city in the Philippines, on southern Mindanao Island, on Saragani Bay; population 443,500 (est. 2007)

general strike US English

A strike of workers in all or most industries

adjutant general US English

The adjutant of a unit having a general staff

advocate general US English

Any of a number of officers assisting the judges in the European Court of Justice

attorney general US English

The principal legal officer who represents a country or a state in legal proceedings and gives legal advice to the government

brigadier general US English

An officer in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking above colonel and below major general

postmaster general US English

The head of a country’s postal service

registrar general US English

A government official responsible for holding a population census

secretary general US English

A title given to the principal administrator of some organizations, most notably the United Nations

director general US English

The chief executive of a large organization

solicitor general US English

The law officer directly below the attorney general in the US Department of Justice, responsible for arguing cases before the US Supreme Court

surveyor general US English

A chief supervisor in certain departments of the British government

General American US English

(In nontechnical use) the variety of English spoken in the greater part of the US, particularly with reference to the lack of regional characteristics

general anesthesia US English

Anesthesia that affects the whole body and usually induces a loss of consciousness

general aviation US English

Civil aviation other than large-scale passenger or freight operations

general delivery US English

Mail delivery to a post office for pickup by the addressee

general election US English

A regular election of candidates for office, as opposed to a primary election

General Sarmiento US English

A city in eastern Argentina, west of Buenos Aires; population 280,700 (est. 2008)

general semantics US English

A system of linguistic philosophy developed by Alfred Korzybski (1879–1950), which explores the arbitrary nature of words and symbols and attempts to refine ways of using language

governor general US English

The chief representative of the Crown in a Commonwealth country of which the British monarch is head of state

inquisitor-general US English

The head of the Spanish Inquisition

inspector general US English

An official in charge of inspecting a particular institution or activity

lieutenant general US English

A commissioned officer in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking above major general and below general

quartermaster general US English

The head of the army department in charge of the quartering and equipment of troops

Thumb, General Tom US English

(1838–83) US circus entertainer; born Charles S. Stratton. A 40-inch-tall dwarf, he worked as a sideshow attraction in the shows of P. T. Barnum

general anaesthetic US English

An anaesthetic that affects the whole body and usually causes a loss of consciousness

general headquarters US English

The headquarters of a military commander

general practitioner US English

A medical doctor who is trained to provide primary health care to patients of either sex and any age

General San Martín US English

A city in eastern Argentina, northwest of Buenos Aires; population 423,200 (est. 2008)


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