court-martial

noun
court-mar·​tial | \ ˈkȯrt-ˌmär-shəl How to pronounce court-martial (audio) , -ˈmär- \
plural courts-martial also court-martials

Definition of court-martial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

Definition of court-martial (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to subject to trial by court-martial

First Known Use of court-martial

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Court-martial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/court-martial. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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court-martial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of court-martial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a military court : a court for people in the military who are accused of breaking military law
: a trial in a military court

court-martial

verb

English Language Learners Definition of court-martial (Entry 2 of 2)

: to present evidence against (someone) in a military court : to put (someone) on trial in a military court

court-martial

noun
court-mar·​tial | \ ˈkōrt-ˌmär-shəl \
plural courts-martial also court-martials

Legal Definition of court-martial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

transitive verb
court-martialed also court-martialled; court-martialing also court-martialling

Legal Definition of court-martial (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to trial by court-martial

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