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[mahr-tel, mahr-tel] /ˈmɑr tɛl, mɑrˈtɛl/
a hammerlike, shafted weapon having a head with a point at one end and a blunt face at the other.
Also called martel-de-fer
[mahr-tel-duh-fer, mahr-tel-] /ˈmɑr tɛl dəˈfɛr, mɑrˈtɛl-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of martel
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *martellus, diminutive of Latin martulus, marculus hammer


[mahr-tel; French mar-tel] /mɑrˈtɛl; French marˈtɛl/
Charles, Charles Martel. Unabridged
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  • My dear martel, I beg you—I beseech you—to pose for the hands and feet of my grandmother!

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  • "Lots of girls are stage-struck," he said presently, breaking in on Mr. martel's rhapsody.

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  • Well, Mr. martel told me only last night that he thought you were an object of pity.

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  • The entrance of Mr. martel put an end to the discussion of the Bartletts.

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  • Mr. martel was sitting in the arm-chair in an attitude King Lear might have envied.

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  • Mr. martel announced that he was going to escort her himself.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • Well was he named "martel," from the hammer-like might of his good arm!

  • "From Auvergne," answered the Frenchman, whose name was martel.

  • Let's see, the name of Frank's mother is Delatour—why, what's the matter, martel?

British Dictionary definitions for martel


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