American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rigid military disciplinarian.
- n. One who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ornithology, same as martin, 1.
- n. Nautical, the name formerly given to a small line fastened to the leech of a sail to bring it close to the yard when the sail is furled. Also martnet.
- n. Some kind of water-mill. Cath. Anglicum, p. 229.—2. A military engine of the middle ages.
- n. A rigid disciplinarian, especially in the army or navy; a stickler for routine or regularity in small details.
- n. military A strict disciplinarian
- n. figuratively Anyone who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of discipline, or to forms and fixed methods or rules.
- n. zoology A martin; a swift
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Hence, the word is commonly employed in a depreciatory sense. In military language, a strict disciplinarian; in general, one who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of discipline, or to forms and fixed methods.
- n. (Zoöl.) The martin.
- n. someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
- From French (Wiktionary)
- After Jean Martinet (died 1672), French army officer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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