military

[ mil-i-ter-ee ]
/ ˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr i /

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.

SYNONYMS FOR military

3 soldierly, soldierlike, martial.

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Origin of military

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

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Example sentences from the Web for military

  • Each parish has its brass band supplied with European instruments, the musicians generally wearing a quasi-military uniform.

  • The first and second lieutenants were soon elected and a quasi-military organization was soon formed.

  • Captain Bellfield was also at Norwich, having obtained some quasi-military employment there in the matter of drilling volunteers.

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  • So far as the Ulstermen were concerned the ridicule of their quasi-military display and equipment never had any sting in it.

British Dictionary definitions for military

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 forms of military

militarily, adverb

Word Origin for military

C16: via French from Latin mīlitāris, from mīles soldier
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