[ mil-i-ter-ee ]
/ ˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr i /


noun, plural mil·i·tar·ies, mil·i·tar·y.

the military,
  1. the military establishment of a nation; the armed forces.
  2. military personnel, especially commissioned officers, taken collectively: the bar, the press, and the military.

Nearby words

  1. militarism,
  2. militarist,
  3. militaristic,
  4. militarize,
  5. militarized,
  6. military academy,
  7. military attaché,
  8. military brush,
  9. military covenant,
  10. military engineering

Origin of military

1575–85; < Latin mīlitāri(s), equivalent to mīlit- (stem of mīles) soldier + -āris -ary

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British Dictionary definitions for military


/ (ˈmɪlɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /


of or relating to the armed forces (esp the army), warlike matters, etc
of, characteristic of, or about soldiers

noun plural -taries or -tary

the military the armed services (esp the army)
Derived Formsmilitarily, adverb

Word Origin for military

C16: via French from Latin mīlitāris, from mīles soldier

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Word Origin and History for military
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