gladiator

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noun glad·i·a·tor \ˈgla-dē-ˌā-tər\

Definition of gladiator

  1. 1 :  a person engaged in a fight to the death as public entertainment for ancient Romans

  2. 2 :  a person engaging in a public fight or controversy

  3. 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>

Origin and Etymology of gladiator

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


First Known Use: 15th century


GLADIATOR Defined for English Language Learners

gladiator

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noun glad·i·a·tor \ˈgla-dē-ˌā-tər\

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

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noun glad·i·a·tor \ˈgla-dē-ˌā-tər\

Definition of gladiator for Students

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



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