[ mahr-tn-et, mahr-tn-et ]
/ ˌmɑr tnˈɛt, ˈmɑr tnˌɛt /


a strict disciplinarian, especially a military one.
someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules.

Origin of martinet

1670–80; after General Jean Martinet (died 1672), French inventor of a system of drill

Related forms

mar·ti·net·ish, adjectivemar·ti·net·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for martinet


/ (ˌmɑːtɪˈnɛt) /


a person who maintains strict discipline, esp in a military force

Derived Forms

martinetish, adjectivemartinetism, noun

Word Origin for martinet

C17: from French, from the name of General Martinet, drillmaster under Louis XIV
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