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martial

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adjective mar·tial \ˈmär-shəl\

Simple Definition of martial

  • : of or relating to war or soldiers

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of martial

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or suited for war or a warrior

  2. 2 :  relating to an army or to military life

  3. 3 :  experienced in or inclined to war :  warlike

martially

play \-shə-lē\ adverb

Examples of martial in a sentence

  1. <the marching band played The Battle Hymn of the Republic and several other martial airs>

  2. <one of the basic tenets of martial law>



Did You Know?

Mars was the Roman god of war and one of the patron gods of Rome itself. He was responsible for everything military, from warriors to weapons to marching music. Thus, martial arts are skills of combat and self-defense also practiced as sport. When martial law is declared, a country's armed forces take over the functions of the police. And a court-martial is a military court or trial.

Origin and Etymology of martial

Middle English, from Latin martialis of Mars, from Mart-, Mars


First Known Use: 14th century


Martial

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biographical name Mar·tial \ˈmär-shəl\

Definition of Martial

  1. ca a.d. 40–ca 103 Marcus Valerius Martialis Rom. epigrammatist



Did You Know?

Mars was the Roman god of war and one of the patron gods of Rome itself. He was responsible for everything military, from warriors to weapons to marching music. Thus, martial arts are skills of combat and self-defense also practiced as sport. When martial law is declared, a country's armed forces take over the functions of the police. And a court-martial is a military court or trial.


MARTIAL Defined for Kids

martial

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adjective mar·tial \ˈmär-shəl\

Definition of martial for Students

  1. :  having to do with or suitable for war <martial music> <martial courage>





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