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[kawrt-mahr-shuh l, -mahr-, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌmɑr ʃəl, -ˈmɑr-, ˈkoʊrt-/
noun, plural courts-martial, court-martials.
a court consisting of military or naval personnel appointed by a commander to try charges of offenses by soldiers, sailors, etc., against military or naval law.
a trial by such a court.
a conviction by such a court:
He lost his privileges because of his court-martial.
a session of such a court:
He attended the court-martial this morning.
verb (used with object), court-martialed, court-martialing or (especially British) court-martialled, court-martialling.
to arraign and try by court-martial.
Origin of court-martial
First recorded in 1565-75; earlier martial court Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Colonel Falconer was sent home to be tried by a court-martial.

  • In the meantime I had been tried by court-martial, and reduced to the ranks.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • "That will be the business of the court-martial," he answered.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • If Garfield recovers from his wound he will be tried by court-martial.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • I trust, sir, you have not come to question the finding of the court-martial.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini

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