- of, for, or pertaining to the army or armed forces, often as distinguished from the navy: from civilian to military life.
- of, for, or pertaining to war: military preparedness.
- of or relating to soldiers.
- befitting, characteristic of, or noting a soldier: a military bearing.
- following the life of a soldier: a military career.
- performed by soldiers: military duty.
- the military,
- the military establishment of a nation; the armed forces.
- military personnel, especially commissioned officers, taken collectively: the bar, the press, and the military.
Origin of military
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Related Wordsnavy, force, troop, service, army, fighting, militant, martial, combatant, warmongering, marines, soldiery, aggressive, armed, combative, warlike, militaristic, soldierly
Examples from the Web for military
Breaking the will of ISIS, the military argues, is not a statistic.
The American military may have launched hundreds of airstrikes on Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. military has said it is too early to make any conclusions, other than the war is on course.
Where the U.S. once depended on its own forces to determine who was military material, this time the Iraqis will decide.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
The Amazon biography for an author named Papa Faal mentions both Gambia and lists a military record that matches the FBI report.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.
In line with this, a simulation of the military is a favorite device.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Are their sons drafted off, as the rest of French youth, into military service?The Roof of France
Is it not abominable, the way these schools of St. Cyr and the Paris military are run?The Boy Life of Napoleon
These are the only conditions which military honour permits me to accept.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
- of or relating to the armed forces (esp the army), warlike matters, etc
- of, characteristic of, or about soldiers
- the military the armed services (esp the army)
Word Origin and History for military
mid-15c., from Middle French militaire (14c.), from Latin militaris "of soldiers or war, of military service, warlike," from miles (genitive militis) "soldier," of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Etruscan, or else meaning "one who marches in a troop," and thus connected to Sanskrit melah "assembly," Greek homilos "assembled crowd, throng." Related: Militarily. Old English had militisc, from Latin. Military-industrial complex coined 1961 in farewell speech of U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"soldiers generally," 1757, from military (adj.). Earlier, "a military man" (1736).