[kawrt-mahr-shuh l, -mahr-, kohrt-]
- 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.
- to arraign and try by court-martial.
Origin of court-martial
First recorded in 1565–75; earlier martial court
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Related Words for court martialcase, litigation, tribunal, suit, prosecution, hearing, contest, arraignment, action, indictment, lawsuit, impeachment, claim, citation, seizure, rap, counterclaim, cross-examination
- a military court that tries persons subject to military law
- (tr) to try by court martial
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