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noun,plural mu·ti·nies.
  1. revolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by sailors against their officers.

  2. rebellion against any authority.

verb (used without object),mu·ti·nied, mu·ti·ny·ing.
  1. to commit the offense of mutiny; revolt against authority.

Origin of mutiny

1560–70; obsolete mutine to mutiny (<Middle French mutiner, derivative of mutin mutiny; see mutineer) + -y3

Other words for mutiny

Other words from mutiny

  • pre·mu·ti·ny, noun, plural pre·mu·ti·nies; verb (used with object), pre·mu·ti·nied, pre·mu·ti·ny·ing.

Words Nearby mutiny Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mutiny in a sentence

  • On his arrival at Rome, to take over his new command, he found himself face to face with a mutiny.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • Now, Highland regiments had fought in India for many a year before the mutiny, and the kilt was no new thing in native eyes.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • But the battle was not won until one of those strange incidents happened that distinguish the mutiny from all other wars.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • At last Malcolm stood in the shelter-trench of the picket and gazed at the city which was the hub of the mutiny.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • The news of this pretended mutiny spread rapidly, and great crowds came rushing down to see the affair.

British Dictionary definitions for mutiny


/ (ˈmjuːtɪnɪ) /

nounplural -nies
  1. open rebellion against constituted authority, esp by seamen or soldiers against their officers

verb-nies, -nying or -nied
  1. (intr) to engage in mutiny

Origin of mutiny

C16: from obsolete mutine, from Old French mutin rebellious, from meute mutiny, ultimately from Latin movēre to move

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