- of, for, or pertaining to the army or armed forces, often as distinguished from the navy: from civilian to military life.
- of, for, or pertaining to war: military preparedness.
- of or relating to soldiers.
- befitting, characteristic of, or noting a soldier: a military bearing.
- following the life of a soldier: a military career.
- performed by soldiers: military duty.
- the military,
- the military establishment of a nation; the armed forces.
- military personnel, especially commissioned officers, taken collectively: the bar, the press, and the military.
Origin of military
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Examples from the Web for militaries
The Jewish state is one of four that let U.S. citizens in their militaries.1,000 Americans Are Serving in the Israeli Army and They Aren’t Alone
July 23, 2014
The responsibility of fighting al Qaeda would be left mostly to the Afghan and Pakistani militaries.Obama’s Counterterror Plan Has New Doubters: His Own Generals and Spies
Josh Rogin, Kimberly Dozier
July 15, 2014
He noted that none of the militaries of the former Soviet republics could withstand a full-scale Russian invasion.What to Do When Russia Invades Your Country
May 7, 2014
The U.S. and other militaries use dogs for tasks like detecting IEDs.Special Ops’ Weapons Wish List
April 9, 2014
The IDF regularly trains the United States Marine Corps and the militaries of Trinidad and Tobago and Germany.Where in the World is the IDF?
July 5, 2012
- of or relating to the armed forces (esp the army), warlike matters, etc
- of, characteristic of, or about soldiers
- the military the armed services (esp the army)
Word Origin and History for militaries
mid-15c., from Middle French militaire (14c.), from Latin militaris "of soldiers or war, of military service, warlike," from miles (genitive militis) "soldier," of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Etruscan, or else meaning "one who marches in a troop," and thus connected to Sanskrit melah "assembly," Greek homilos "assembled crowd, throng." Related: Militarily. Old English had militisc, from Latin. Military-industrial complex coined 1961 in farewell speech of U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"soldiers generally," 1757, from military (adj.). Earlier, "a military man" (1736).