adjective mar·tial \ˈmär-shəl\

: of or relating to war or soldiers

Full Definition of MARTIAL

:  of, relating to, or suited for war or a warrior
:  relating to an army or to military life
:  experienced in or inclined to war :  warlike
mar·tial·ly \-shə-lē\ adverb

Examples of MARTIAL

  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>

Origin of MARTIAL

Middle English, from Latin martialis of Mars, from Mart-, Mars
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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biographical name Mar·tial \ˈmär-shəl\

Definition of MARTIAL

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

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MARTIAL Defined for Kids


adjective mar·tial \ˈmär-shəl\

Definition of MARTIAL for Kids

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