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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or suggestive of war.
  • adj. Relating to or connected with the armed forces or the profession of arms.
  • adj. Characteristic of or befitting a warrior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to, or suggestive of war; warlike.
  • adj. Relating to or connected with the armed forces or the profession of arms or military life.
  • adj. Characteristic of or befitting a warrior; having a military bearing; soldierly, soldierlike, warriorlike.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military
  • adj. Practiced in, or inclined to, war; warlike; brave.
  • adj. Belonging to war, or to an army and navy; -- opposed to civil
  • adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, the god, or the planet, Mars.
  • adj. Pertaining to, or containing, iron; chalybeate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • [capitalized] Pertaining to or characteristic of the god Mars.
  • Of or pertaining to war; of warlike character; military; warlike; soldierly: as, a martial equipage or appearance; martial music; a martial nation.
  • Having reference to a state of war, or to a military organization; connected with the army and navy: opposed to civil: as, martial law; a court martial.
  • [capitalized] Pertaining to or resembling the planet Mars.
  • In old chemistry, having the properties of iron.
  • n. A soldier, or military man.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. suggesting war or military life
  • adj. (of persons) befitting a warrior
  • n. Roman poet noted for epigrams (first century BC)
  • adj. of or relating to the armed forces

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin Mārtiālis, from Mārs, Mārt-, Mars.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin martialis ("of Mars (Roman god of war)") (Wiktionary)

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