martial

[ mahr-shuhl ]
/ ˈmɑr ʃəl /

adjective

inclined or disposed to war; warlike: The ancient Romans were a martial people.
of, suitable for, or associated with war or the armed forces: martial music.
characteristic of or befitting a warrior: a martial stride.

Origin of martial

1325–75; Middle English < Latin Mārtiālis of, belonging to Mars, equivalent to Mārti- (stem of Mārs) + -ālis -al1

Related forms

Can be confused

marshal marital martial

Definition for martial (2 of 2)

Martial

[ mahr-shuh l ]
/ ˈmɑr ʃəl /

noun

Marcus Valerius Martialis, a.d. 43?–104?, Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain.
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British Dictionary definitions for martial (1 of 3)

martial

/ (ˈmɑːʃəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of war, soldiers, or the military life

Derived Forms

martialism, nounmartialist, nounmartially, adverbmartialness, noun

Word Origin for martial

C14: from Latin martiālis of Mars 1

British Dictionary definitions for martial (2 of 3)

Martial

1
/ (ˈmɑːʃəl) /

adjective

of or relating to Mars

British Dictionary definitions for martial (3 of 3)

Martial

2
/ (ˈmɑːʃəl) /

noun

full name Marcus Valerius Martialis. ?40–?104 ad, Latin epigrammatist and poet, born in Spain
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