- (in ancient Rome) a person, often a slave or captive, who was armed with a sword or other weapon and compelled to fight to the death in a public arena against another person or a wild animal, for the entertainment of the spectators.
- a person who engages in a fight or controversy.
- a prizefighter.
Origin of gladiator
Examples from the Web for gladiator
Contemporary Examples of gladiator
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Historical Examples of gladiator
I studied the people's faces as a gladiator might have done in the arena.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
"There goes the Gladiator," said Reanda to his companion, suddenly.Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)
F. Marion Crawford
You will see how he will crush in the ribs of your gladiator, like an egg shell.'
I am Macer, the son of that Macer who was neighbor of the gladiator Pollex,—'
He is brother of Sosia the gladiator, and breeds dogs for the theatres.
- (in ancient Rome and Etruria) a man trained to fight in arenas to provide entertainment
- a person who supports and fights publicly for a cause
Word Origin for gladiator
mid-15c., "Roman swordsman," from Latin gladiator, literally "swordsman," from gladius "sword," probably from Gaulish (cf. Welsh cleddyf, Cornish clethe, Breton kleze "sword;" see claymore). Old Irish claideb is from Welsh.
The close connection with Celtic words for 'sword', together with the imperfect match of initial consonants, and the semantic field of weaponry, suggests that Latin borrowed a form *gladio- or *kladio- (a hypothetical variant of attested British Celtic *kladimo- 'sword') from [Proto-Celtic] or from a third language. [de Vaan]