from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rigid military disciplinarian.
- n. One who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strict disciplinarian
- n. Anyone who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of discipline, or to forms and fixed methods or rules.
- n. A martin; a swift
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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. The martin.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
“In an extended sense, a martinet is any person for whom a strict adherence to rules and etiquette is paramount: martinets often use etiquette and other rules as an excuse to trump ethics, to the point that etiquette loses its ethical ground.” joe from Lowell says:
He became what he called the martinet, someone who belittled and mocked the officers that he initially treated as his friends.
He was not what West Pointers would describe as a martinet.
Added to the punctilio of the martinet was the rigor of the moralist.
Iraqis, he says, are once again looking for the kind of martinet he knew as a boy.
Calvin, a "martinet", or oppidan, in the Collèege de la
3. The subtle and not so subtle innuendoes about the personal character and actions of Father Finegan: in particular in relation to the use of Church funds (vestments, no published accounts); his so called "martinet" charater (the issuing of "rules" regarding silence in Church).
a "martinet," if you know what that means; and my dear mother, who by herself, perhaps, would have been almost too gentle to keep all her family in good order, was firm as a rock where any wish of _his_ was concerned.
An explosive martinet on the set, but the result was 'Elmer Gantry,' 'In Cold Blood' and 'The Professionals.'
On the movie set, Brooks was an explosive martinet.