Definition of martinet
1 : a strict disciplinarian The prison's warden was a cruel martinet.
2 : a person who stresses a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods a martinet in conducting meetings of the society, he never tolerated any sign of levity or indecorum — D. J. Boorstin
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Examples of martinet in a Sentence
The prison's warden was a cruel martinet.
Recent Examples of martinet from the Web
Leith’s commander is Major Brand (Curt Jurgens), a by-the-book martinet married to Jane (Ruth Roman), who is Leith’s former lover and still his beloved.
The Trump administration doesn’t believe in climate change, so some White House martinet ordered the Badlands account to go silent.
Carl Rasmussen (Roland Moller), a Clark Gable-handsome martinet with a square jaw, a neat blond mustache and very little patience.
Alexander McQueen dipped into the worlds of depressed Victorian clowns in his fall 2001 collection of carnival crashers, putting shredded Miss Havisham lace and tulle gowns and deconstructed martinet suiting on his (literal) fashion merry-go-round.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of martinet
Jean Martinet, 17th century French army officer
First Known Use: 1737See Words from the same year
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: a person who is very strict and demands obedience from others
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