gladiator

noun glad·i·a·tor \ ˈgla-dē-ˌā-tər \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

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

gladiatorial

play \ˌgla-dē-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

Examples of gladiator in a Sentence

  1. the two punch-drunk gladiators stumbled to their corners

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Origin and Etymology of gladiator

Latin, from gladius sword, of Celt origin; akin to Welsh cleddyf sword


GLADIATOR Defined for English Language Learners

gladiator

noun

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

gladiator

noun glad·i·a·tor \ ˈgla-dē-ˌā-tər \

Definition of gladiator for Students

: a man in ancient Rome who took part in fights as public entertainment


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