court-martial

1 of 2

noun

court-mar·​tial ˈkȯrt-ˌmär-shəl How to pronounce court-martial (audio)
-ˈmär-
plural courts-martial also court-martials
1
: a court consisting of commissioned officers and in some instances enlisted personnel for the trial of members of the armed forces or others within its jurisdiction
2
: a trial by court-martial

court-martial

2 of 2

verb

court-martialed also court-martialled; court-martialing also court-martialling ˈkȯrt-ˌmär-sh(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce court-martial (audio)
-ˈmär-

transitive verb

: to subject to trial by court-martial

Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of court-martial was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Court-martial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/court-martial. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

court-martial

1 of 2 noun
court-mar·​tial
ˈkōrt-ˌmär-shəl,
ˈkȯrt-,
-ˈmär-
plural courts-martial also court-martials
1
: a military court
2
: a trial by court-martial

court-martial

2 of 2 verb
court-martialed also court-martialled; court-martialing also court-martialling
-ˌmärsh-(ə)-liŋ,
-ˈmärsh-
: to try by court-martial

Legal Definition

court-martial

1 of 2 noun
court-mar·​tial
ˈkōrt-ˌmär-shəl
plural courts-martial also court-martials
1
: a court consisting of commissioned officers and in some instances enlisted personnel for the trial of members of the armed forces or others within its jurisdiction
2
: a trial by a court-martial

court-martial

2 of 2 transitive verb
court-martialed also court-martialled; court-martialing also court-martialling
: to subject to trial by court-martial
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