- a gladiator equipped with a net for casting over his opponent.
Origin of retiarius
1640–50; < Latin, equivalent to rēt- (stem of rēte net) + -i- -i- + -ārius -arius
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Examples from the Web for retiarius
In the distance is the retiarius, who must fight Hyppolitus in his turn.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
The arm of the retiarius was covered on a sudden with blood, and his net dropped.Quo Vadis
Everybody had recalled or been reminded of her rescue of the retiarius.
Everybody knew of my rescue of the retiarius, thousands had seen me rescue him.
An American football player in full armour resembles a deep-sea diver or a Roman retiarius more than anything else.The Land of Contrasts
James Fullarton Muirhead
- (in ancient Rome) a gladiator armed with a net and trident
Latin, from rēte net