- a hammerlike, shafted weapon having a head with a point at one end and a blunt face at the other.
Origin of martel
1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *martellus, diminutive of Latin martulus, marculus hammer
Also called mar·tel-de-fer [mahr-tel-duh-fer, mahr-tel-] /ˈmɑr tɛl dəˈfɛr, mɑrˈtɛl-/.
[mahr-tel; French mar-tel]
- Charles. Charles Martel.
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Mr. Martel was sitting in the arm-chair in an attitude King Lear might have envied.
- See Charles Martel
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