mil·​i·​ary | \ ˈmi-lē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce miliary (audio) \

Definition of miliary

: having or made up of many small projections or lesions miliary tubercles

Examples of miliary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The charges were the result of an investigation into allegations that Trump used miliary aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine into opening two investigations for his own political benefit. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "'Deeply saddened and disappointed': Group of Rep. Jeff Van Drew's aides resign after he flips to GOP," 16 Dec. 2019 Erdogan's comments come as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led a delegation to Turkey to try to negotiate a deal to end the miliary operation. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for October 16: Democratic debate, Syria, impeachment inquiry," 16 Oct. 2019 Emirati miliary advisers are leading a force of about 5,000, most of them locally recruited Yemeni troops, according to a senior Emirati official. New York Times, "Battles Rage Around International Airport in Strategic Yemeni City," 16 June 2018 Earlier in the day, Trump kicked off his first Christmas eve in office with a video call to active miliary members overseas. Staff And Wire Reports,, "Trump spends first Christmas Eve in office honoring troops, tracking Santa," 24 Dec. 2017 For decades, local law enforcement agencies have requested surplus miliary equipment from the U.S. government to use in their efforts to fight crime and protect the public. David Hernandez,, "Military equipment distributed to law enforcement agencies," 1 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'miliary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of miliary

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for miliary

Latin miliarius of millet, from milium millet — more at millet

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about miliary

Time Traveler for miliary

Time Traveler

The first known use of miliary was in 1685

See more words from the same year

Statistics for miliary

Last Updated

29 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Miliary.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for miliary


mil·​i·​ary | \ ˈmil-ē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce miliary (audio) \

Medical Definition of miliary

1 : resembling or suggesting a small seed or many small seeds a miliary aneurysm miliary tubercles
2 : characterized by the formation of numerous small lesions miliary pneumonia

More from Merriam-Webster on miliary

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with miliary

Britannica English: Translation of miliary for Arabic Speakers

Comments on miliary

What made you want to look up miliary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing steady, earnest care and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!