from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bragging and often cowardly soldier, especially as a stock character in comedy.
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- n. A standard character in ancient comedy and in modern comedy depicting ancient military figures: the bravado-filled, self-important, swaggering soldier.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a braggart soldier (a stock figure in comedy)
Latin mīles glōriōsus, after Mīles Glōriōsus, a comedy by Plautus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Latin mīles (soldier) + glōriōsus (glorious) (Wiktionary)