from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person, usually a professional combatant, a captive, or a slave, trained to entertain the public by engaging in mortal combat with another person or a wild animal in the ancient Roman arena.
- n. A person engaged in a controversy or debate, especially in public; a disputant.
- n. Sports A professional boxer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a person (professional or slave) who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat with another, or with a wild animal
- n. a disputant in a public controversy or debate
- n. a professional boxer
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Originally, a swordplayer; hence, one who fought with weapons in public, either on the occasion of a funeral ceremony, or in the arena, for public amusement.
- n. One who engages in any fierce combat or controversy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Rom. antiq., one who fought in public for the entertainment of the people, either with other gladiators or with wild animals.
- n. A combatant in general; a boxer or prize-fighter; a wrestler; also, a disputant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a professional boxer
- n. (ancient Rome) a professional combatant or a captive who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat
These women are slowly but surely transforming what I call the gladiator culture that currently prevails in most business organizations.
Just a FYI — we have adopted the phrase “The Turtle” for slow, extra heavy armored guys in gladiator fights.
Absolutely, Beaverton could host weekly UFC events, where gangs could meet in gladiator matches/knife fights.
Before the opening credits of an episode, Guidolon can say, "Hey, guys, let's make a gladiator movie!" and then the other monsters scream, "Yeah!!!" and then after the opening credits they're all in gladiator outfits doing their gladiator shindig.
Yet, this man was still offended that I used the word gladiator in my sermon.
The head of a coarse-featured, plebeian-looking Roman (p. 107), who should certainly be a prize-fighter or a gladiator, is a case in point.
From the Stonehenge thread: chodin writes – "gladiator" is an anagram for: "i add lotr g" – to put it in context, there’s two black dudes sitting on a stoop …
Spartacus doesn't want to be a gladiator, which is a problem for us because that's why we're watching the show.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's office says he won't be attending a so - called gladiator fight in Ohio this weekend.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's office says he won't be attending a so - called gladiator fight in Ohio this weekend after all.