[kawrt-mahr-shuh l, -mahr-, kohrt-]

noun, plural courts-mar·tial, court-mar·tials.

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.

verb (used with object), court-mar·tialed, court-mar·tial·ing or (especially British) court-mar·tialled, court-mar·tial·ling.

to arraign and try by court-martial.

Origin of court-martial

First recorded in 1565–75; earlier martial court Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Colonel Falconer was sent home to be tried by a court-martial.

  • In the meantime I had been tried by Court-martial, and reduced to the ranks.

    Adventures and Recollections

    Bill o'th' Hoylus End

  • "That will be the business of the court-martial," he answered.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • If Garfield recovers from his wound he will be tried by court-martial.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I trust, sir, you have not come to question the finding of the court-martial.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini