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
As a rule, the prettier the dress, the lower and less elegant the shoe—although sometimes, just sometimes, a bit of footwear madness prevails, such as balletic gladiators and wicked platforms.
But why be gladiators when there are other options?
Adults and children also can join a gladiator joust.
The summer sandal capsule will feature Swarovski crystals and PVC and Perspex clear heels in four styles: two pairs of mules, strappy sandals and gladiator stilettos with prices ranging from $1,265 to $2,325.
Metta World Peace will battle it out -- gladiator-style -- with Pitch Perfect star Skylar Astin this Wednesday on Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle.
The Soul beat the Gladiators, 59-49, in the previous matchup, on June 10.
The video is followed by a live musical interlude by a singer wearing a sequined black minidress and knee-high gladiator sandals.
The loss, in the last of four straight road games, dropped the Gladiators to 2-7.
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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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