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general British & World English

Affecting or concerning all or most people or things; widespread

in general British & World English

Usually; mainly

agent general British & World English

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

cook-general British & World English

A domestic servant who does both housework and cookery

general staff British & World English

The staff assisting a military commander in planning and executing operations

general store British & World English

A shop that sells a wide variety of goods, typically one in a small town or village

General Synod British & World English

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

major general British & World English

A rank of officer in the army and the US air force, above brigadier or brigadier general and below lieutenant general

vicar general British & World English

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

captain general British & World English

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

consul general British & World English

A consul of the highest status

general average British & World 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 British & World English

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

general counsel British & World English

(In the US) the main lawyer who gives legal advice to a company

general dealer British & World English

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

general meeting British & World English

A meeting open to all members of an organization

general officer British & World English

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

general-purpose British & World English

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

General Santos British & World English

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

general strike British & World English

A strike of workers in all or most industries

States General British & World English

The legislative body in the Netherlands from the 15th to 18th centuries, and in France until 1789, representing the three estates of the realm (i.e. the clergy, the nobility, and the commons)

surgeon general British & World English

(Chiefly in the US) the head of a public health service or of the medical service of an army, navy, or air force

attorney general British & World English

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

adjutant general British & World English

(In the British army) a high-ranking administrative officer

advocate general British & World English

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

brigadier general British & World English

A rank of officer in the US army, air force, and marine corps, above colonel and below major general

director general British & World English

The chief executive of a large organization

General American British & World English

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

general anesthesia British & World English

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

general aviation British & World English

Civil aviation other than large-scale passenger or freight operations

general delivery British & World English

North American term for poste restante.

general election British & World English

The election of representatives to a legislature (in the UK, to the House of Commons) from constituencies throughout the country

General Sarmiento British & World English

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

general semantics British & World 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 British & World English

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

lieutenant general British & World English

A high rank of officer in the army, above major general and below general

postmaster general British & World English

The head of a country’s postal service (abolished in the UK as an office in 1969)

secretary general British & World English

A title given to the principal administrator of some organizations

registrar general British & World English

A government official responsible for holding a population census

surveyor general British & World English

A chief supervisor in certain departments of the British government

solicitor general British & World English

(In the UK) the Crown law officer below the Attorney General or (in Scotland) below the Lord Advocate

Inquisitor General British & World English

The head of the Spanish Inquisition

inspector general British & World English

The head of an inspectorate

general anaesthetic British & World English

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

general headquarters British & World English

The headquarters of a military commander

general practitioner British & World English

A doctor based in the community who treats patients with minor or chronic illnesses and refers those with serious conditions to a hospital

General San Martín British & World English

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

General Thanksgiving British & World English

A form of thanksgiving in the Book of Common Prayer or the Alternative Service Book


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