Origin of gladiator
Examples from the Web for gladiator
So, for that matter, was Gladiator, the previous foray into ancient legend by director Ridley Scott.
As the Roman emperors knew during the staging of the gladiator games at the Coliseum, so FIFA knows now: The mob must be appeased.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare|Vac Verikaitis|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Gladiator star has been avidly tweeting at Pope Francis, asking for a screening for his upcoming film Noah.Russell Crowe Twitter Stalks The Pope To Get Noah Screening|Barbie Latza Nadeau|March 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the end of Gladiator, Maximus Decimus Meridius, played by Russell Crowe, dies.The 11 Worst Sequel Ideas to Come out of Hollywood|Chancellor Agard|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The man on the phone was Joaquin Phoenix—the actor who would go on to star in Gladiator, Walk the Line, and The Master.
To keep turning the wheels of some purely inconsequential machine, or strive like a gladiator.Stover at Yale|Owen Johnson
The gladiator felt that his doom was sealed: he uttered no prayer—no groan.The Last Days of Pompeii|Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Then he decided upon sending the Bertha to seal in the Antarctic, and to search for a missing vessel, the Gladiator.Yule Logs|Various
Thellus the gladiator was standing with folded arms on the outskirts of the suddenly-collected concourse.
Do you know I never understood the gladiator's excellence till the other day.
British Dictionary definitions for gladiator
Word Origin for gladiator
Word Origin and History 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]