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adjective mil·i·tary \ˈmi-lə-ˌter-ē\

Simple Definition of military

  • : of or relating to soldiers or the armed forces (such as the army, navy, marines, and air force)

  • : of or relating to the army

  • : controlled or supported by armed forces

Full Definition of military

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to soldiers, arms, or war b :  of or relating to armed forces; especially :  of or relating to ground or sometimes ground and air forces as opposed to naval forces

  2. 2 a :  performed or made by armed forces b :  supported by armed force

  3. 3 :  of or relating to the army

Examples of military

  1. He is being tried in a military court rather than in a civilian court.

  2. He has had a long military career.

Origin of military

Middle English, from Latin militaris, from milit-, miles soldier

First Known Use: 15th century

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noun mil·i·tary

Simple Definition of military

  • : members of the armed forces : military people

Full Definition of military

plural military also mil·i·tar·ies

  1. 1 :  military persons; especially :  army officers

  2. 2 :  armed forces

Examples of military

  1. There were many military present but only a few civilians.

  2. <some would insist that the military's budget is still inadequate>


First Known Use of military


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