military

[ mil-i-ter-ee ]
/ ˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr i /
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adjective

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.

Origin of military

1575–85; < Latin mīlitāri(s), equivalent to mīlit- (stem of mīles) soldier + -āris -ary
SYNONYMS FOR military
3 soldierly, soldierlike, martial.
Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for promilitary (1 of 2)

promilitary

/ (prəʊˈmɪlɪtərɪ, -ˈmɪlɪtrɪ) /

adjective

in favour of or supporting military organizations, operations, or action

British Dictionary definitions for promilitary (2 of 2)

military

/ (ˈmɪlɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

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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