Definition of martinet
- The prison's warden was a cruel martinet.
- a martinet in conducting meetings of the society, he never tolerated any sign of levity or indecorum
- —D. J. Boorstin
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The prison's warden was a cruel martinet.
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When France's King Louis XIV appointed Lieutenant Colonel Jean Martinet to be inspector general of the infantry in the late 17th century, he made a wise choice. As a drillmaster, Martinet trained his troops to advance into battle in precise linear formations and to fire in volleys only upon command, thus making the most effective use of inaccurate muskets - and making the French army one of the best on the continent. He also gave English a new word. Martinet has been used synonymously with "strict disciplinarian" since the 1730s.
First Known Use: 1737See Words from the same year
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