milites gloriosi

[ mee-li-teyz glawr-ee-oh-see, glohr- ]
/ ˈmi lɪ teɪz ˌglɔr iˈoʊ si, ˌgloʊr- /

plural noun, singular mi·les glo·ri·o·sus [mee-leyz glawr-ee-oh-suh s, glohr-] /ˈmi leɪz ˌglɔr iˈoʊ səs, ˌgloʊr-/. Latin.

(especially as stock characters in comic literature) bragging soldiers.

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British Dictionary definitions for miles gloriosus

miles gloriosus
/ Latin (ˈmiːleɪs ˌɡlɔːrɪˈəʊsʊs) /

noun plural milites gloriosi (ˈmiːlɪˌteɪs ˌɡlɔːrɪˈəʊsaɪ)

a braggart soldier, esp as a stock figure in comedy

Word Origin for miles gloriosus

from the title of a comedy by Plautus
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