Definition of gladiator
1 : a person engaged in a fight to the death as public entertainment for ancient Romans
2 : a person engaging in a public fight or controversy
3 : a trained fighter; especially : a professional boxer
gladiatorialplay \ˌgla-dē-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ adjective
Examples of gladiator in a Sentence
the two punch-drunk gladiators stumbled to their corners
Recent Examples of gladiator from the Web
Colosseum, Rome: The awe-inspiring amphitheater echoes with ghosts of gladiators past, the roar of wild animals and the swash of sea battles, cheered on by up to 80,000 baying spectators.
Driving by the Colosseum, my son awoke from a nap to see ancient Rome re-enactors dressed as gladiators and senators for the capital’s 2,770th birthday.
Brigade hold off Gladiators with goal-line stand, 63-60 The Baltimore Brigade (2-4) earned their first win in Royal Farms Arena with a 63-60 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators (1-6) on Saturday night.
This means Spartacus is the champion of Capua, Batiatus is alive and kicking, and the focus is on the gladiators and political back-stabbing.
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Origin and Etymology of gladiator
Latin, from gladius sword, of Celt origin; akin to Welsh cleddyf sword
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
GLADIATOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gladiator for English Language Learners
: a man in ancient Rome who fought against another man or animal for public entertainment
GLADIATOR Defined for Kids
Definition of gladiator for Students
: a man in ancient Rome who took part in fights as public entertainment
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