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military

adjective mil·i·tary \ ˈmi-lə-ˌter-ē \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of military

1 a : of or relating to soldiers, arms, or war
  • military discipline
  • the country's military needs
b : of or relating to armed forces; especially : of or relating to ground or sometimes ground and air forces as opposed to naval forces
  • military and naval affairs
2 a : performed or made by armed forces
  • military operations
b : supported by armed force
  • a military government
3 : of or relating to the army
  • the military academy at West Point

Examples of military in a Sentence

  1. He is being tried in a military court rather than in a civilian court.

  2. He has had a long military career.

Recent Examples of military from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of military

Middle English, from Latin militaris, from milit-, miles soldier

military Synonyms


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military

noun

Definition of military

plural military also militaries
1 : military persons; especially : army officers

Examples of military in a Sentence

  1. There were many military present but only a few civilians.

  2. some would insist that the military's budget is still inadequate

Recent Examples of military from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of military



MILITARY Defined for English Language Learners

military

adjective

Definition of military for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to soldiers or the armed forces (such as the army, navy, marines, and air force)

  • : of or relating to the army

  • : controlled or supported by armed forces


military

noun

Definition of military for English Language Learners

  • : members of the armed forces : military people


MILITARY Defined for Kids

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military

adjective mil·i·tary \ ˈmi-lə-ˌter-ē \

Definition of military for Students

1 : of or relating to soldiers, the army, or war
  • military drills
2 : carried on by soldiers : supported by armed forces
  • a military government

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military

noun

Definition of military for Students

plural military
: members of the armed forces


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