Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Martial

[mahr-shuh l]
noun
  1. Marcus Valerius Martialis, a.d. 43?–104?, Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for marcus-valerius-martialis

martial

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of war, soldiers, or the military life
Show More
Derived Formsmartialism, nounmartialist, nounmartially, adverbmartialness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin martiālis of Mars 1

Martial1

adjective
  1. of or relating to Mars
Show More

Martial2

noun
  1. full name Marcus Valerius Martialis. ?40–?104 ad, Latin epigrammatist and poet, born in Spain
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for marcus-valerius-martialis

martial

adj.

late 14c., "warlike," from Latin martialis "of Mars or war," from Mars (genitive Martis), Roman god of war; see Mars. Related: Martially. Martial law, "military rule over civilians," first recorded 1530s.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper