noun, plural mil·i·tar·ies, mil·i·tar·y.
- 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
Synonyms for military
noun plural -taries or -tary
Word Origin 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).