Schiano, the former coach at Rutgers, brought a reputation with him as a harsh disciplinarian and a martinet.
He was a good deal of a martinet, but he was justice incarnate.
The cat was a martinet in her way, and she demanded all the privileges of her sex.
It might be a military prejudice;—it might be too professional, martinet perhaps,—but still he owned he did love punctuality.
If he had been a martinet, it would have been worse for us all.
They always say he's more of a martinet at home than ever he was in the Army.
The new Viceroy was a soldier and a martinet, and his authority had been defied.
He was an accomplished officer, but like his predecessors, too much of a martinet to effect any thing with irregular troops.
How could he have done such a thing—he the martinet of business caution?
If he had ideas on democracy, as reports of him had declared, he had also beyond question the temper of the martinet.
1670s, "system of strict discipline," from the name of Jean Martinet (killed at siege of Duisburg, 1672), lieutenant colonel in the Régiment du Roi, who in 1668 was appointed inspector general of the infantry. "It was his responsibility to introduce and enforce the drill and strict discipline of the French regiment of Guards across the whole infantry." [Olaf van Minwegen, "The Dutch Army and the Military Revolutions 1588-1688," 2006] The meaning "an officer who is a stickler for strict discipline" is first attested 1779 in English. The surname is a diminutive of Latin Martinus (see Martin).