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English[]

Most common English words: why « women « cried « #355: general » king » nature » answered

Etymology[]

From Template:Xno[[Category:Template:Xno derivations|General]] [[general#Template:Xno|general]], generall, Middle French general, and their source, Latin generālis, from genus (class, kind) + -ālis (-al).

Pronunciation[]

  • (UK, US) IPA: /ˈdʒɛnɹəl/, SAMPA: /"dZEnr@l/
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  • Hyphenation: gen‧er‧al

Adjective[]

General (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
General

Comparative
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  1. Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to specific or particular. Template:Defdate
    • 1842, Douglas Jerrold, "Mr Peppersorn ‘At Home’", Cakes and Ale:
      "Among us!" was the general shout, and Peppersorn sat frozen to his chair.
    • 2006, Ruth Sutherland, "Invite public to the private equity party", The Observer, 15 Oct 06:
      One advantage of having profitable companies in Britain is that they pay large sums in corporate tax into the Exchequer, which in theory at least is used for the general good.
  2. Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent. Template:Defdate
    • 1865, Edward Cust, Lives of the Warriors of the Thirty Years War, p. 527:
      For these successes he obtained the rank of Field-Marshal General.
    • 2002, James Turner, Libertines and Radicals in Early Modern London, p. 122:
      He becomes the chief chartered libertine, the whoremaster-general flourishing his "standard" over a female army [...].
  3. Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual. Template:Defdate
    • 2008, John Patterson, "Home movies", The Guardian, 20 Dec 08:
      The general opinion on Baz Luhrmann's overstuffed epic Australia seems to be that it throws in everything but the kitchen sink, and then tosses that in too, just to be sure.
  4. Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category. Template:Defdate
    • 1924, Time, 17 Mar 1924:
      M. Venizelos went to Athens from Paris early last January in response to a general invitation from the Greek populace.
    • 2009, Douglas P Zipes, Saturday Evening Post, vol. 281:1, p. 20:
      Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a general term indicating a rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) coming from the top chambers of the heart - in essence, above (supra) the lower chamber (ventricular).
  5. Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. Template:Defdate
    • 2006, Kevin Nance, "Ghosts of the White City", Chicago Sun-Times, 16 Jul 06:
      The quick answer is that the 1893 Exposition was simply so important -- "the greatest event in the history of the country since the Civil War," as Harper's put it that October -- but that feels too general.
    • 2008, Robert P Maloney, "The Quiet Carpenter", America, vol. 199:19, p. 18:
      Given the scarcity of relevant historical detail in the New Testament, we are left with only a general outline about Joseph.
  6. Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area. Template:Defdate
    • 1947, "Russian Catechism", Time, 20 Oct 1947:
      Already in the primary school work is conducted for the purpose of equipping the pupils with those elements of general knowledge which are closely related to the military preparation of future warriors.
    • 2007, Alan Cheuse, "A Little Death", Southern Review, vol. 43:3, p. 692:
      His measured, springless walk was the walk of the skilled countryman as distinct from the desultory shamble of the general labourer [...].

Antonyms[]

  • particular
  • specific

Derived terms[]

Related terms[]

  • universal

Translations[]

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Noun[]

Singular
General

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  1. Commander of an army.
    Hannibal was one of the greatest generals of the ancient world.
  2. Template:Military ranks A rank in the army and air force that is higher than colonel or brigadier, and is usually the highest rank group next to commander in chief, except in countries that use the rank of field marshal.
  3. Template:Military ranks a commissioned rank in the British Army and Royal Marines, above lieutenant general and below field marshal.
  4. Template:Military ranks a commissioned general officer in the United States Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force superior to a lieutenant general. A general is equal in rank or grade to a four star admiral. In the US Army, a general is junior to a general of the army. In the US Marine Corps, a general is the highest rank of commissioned officer. In the US Air Force, a general is junior to a general of the air force.
  5. Short for general anaesthetic or general anaesthetia.

Derived terms[]

  • brigadier general
  • colonel general
  • lieutenant general
  • major general

Translations[]

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See also[]

  • hetman

Anagrams[]

  • aeeglnr,
  • enlarge
  • gleaner

Croatian[]

Etymology[]

From German General, from Latin generalis.

Noun[]

generalica f. [[Category:Template:Hr nouns|General]] – [1]

  1. general (military rank)
  1. Zakon o službi u Oružanim snagama Republike Hrvatske, Narodne novine, 33/2002, 2002-03-29,
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    «Članak 15. stavak 2.
    Naziv činova za žene upotrebljava se u ženskom rodu.»

Danish[]

Noun[]

General c. (singular definite Generalen, plural indefinite Generaler)

  1. general

Inflection[]


Portuguese[]

Noun[]

General m. (plural generais)

  1. A general

Serbo-Croatian[]

Etymology[]

From German General, from Latin generalis.

Noun[]

genèrāl m. (Cyrillic spelling генѐра̄л)

  1. general (military rank)

Declension[]


Slovene[]

Etymology[]

From German General, from Latin generalis.

Noun[]

generál m.[1] generálinja f.[1]

  1. general (military rank)
  1. 1.0 1.1 Korošec, Tomo; Petelin, Stanko; Suhadolnik, Stane; [et al.] Vojaški slovar, Partizanska knjiga, Ljubljana, 1977, pp 81-82

Spanish[]

Pronunciation[]

  • IPA: /xe.ne'ɾal/

Adjective[]

General m. (feminine general, plural generales)

  1. general

Derived terms[]

Noun[]

General m. (feminine generala, masculine plural generales, feminine plural generalas)

  1. Template:Military ranks general

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