general/ ˈdʒɛn ər əl /
of or relating to all persons or things belonging to a group or category:
a general meeting of the employees.
of, relating to, or true of such persons or things in the main, with possible exceptions; common to most; prevalent; usual:
the general mood of the people.
not limited to one class, field, product, service, etc.; miscellaneous:
the general public; general science.
considering or dealing with overall characteristics, universal aspects, or important elements, especially without considering all details or specific aspects:
general instructions; a general description; a general resemblance one to another.
U.S. Army and Air Force. an officer ranking above a lieutenant general and below a general of the army or general of the air force.
U.S. Army. an officer of any of the five highest ranks: a brigadier general, major general, lieutenant general, general, or general of the army.
U.S. Marine Corps. an officer holding the highest rank in the corps.
(in numerous armies) an officer in the highest, second, or third highest rank, as one ranking immediately below a field marshal in the British army.
Ecclesiastical. the chief official of a religious order.