Definition of general
What does the word general mean?
part of speech: adjective, noun
Completely or approximately universal, including or affecting all or nearly all parts, not partial, particular, local, or sectional, (g. confession, to be made by whole congregation; g. council, summoned by invitation to the Church at large; g. ELECTION; German Post Office, head office in London; German Post, first morning delivery, also name of indoor game); prevalent, widespread, usual, (in a g. way, ordinarily); not limited in application, relating to whole class of objects, occasions, &c., true of all or (opp. universal) nearly all cases (as a g. rule, in most cases), including points common to individuals of a class& neglecting differences (g. word, term, notion); not restricted to one department, not specialized, (g. dealer, trader in many articles; g. practitioner, doctor treating cases of all kinds; g. servant, maid-of-all-work; g. reader, of miscellaneous literature); roughly corresponding or adequate, sufficient for practical purposes, (g. resemblance, idea); vague, indefinite, (spoke only in g. terms); (Mil., of officer) above rank of colonel; (appended to titles, as ADJUTANT-g., ATTORNEY-g., POSTmaster-g.) chief, head, with unrestricted authority or sphere, (also joc. with other nn., as lover-g., one who makes love to all women); in g., generally, in all ordinary cases, barring special exceptions, for the most part. (N.) the g. (archaic), the public; (pl.; now rare) g. principles, notions, or rules; chief of religious order, e.g. of Jesuits, Dominicans; (Mil.) officer next below Field-Marshal (also by courtesy of lieutenant-g. & major-g.); commander of army; tactician, strategist, of specified merit (a good, bad, great, g.; nog.); =g. servant above (colloq.). [old French]