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  • n. A type of gladiator, who uses a casting net (a rete or iaculum) as a weapon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gladiator armed with a net for entangling his adversary and a trident for despatching him.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, a gladiator who wore only a short tunic and carried a trident and a net.


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From Latin rētiārius.



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  • *laughs like a fat spider*

    April 17, 2009

  • Best use of retiarius in a modern play:

    HAROLD: He and his love are like a retiarius. Do you know what a retiarius is?

    LOOSELEAF: He's a kind of gladiator who fights with a knife and a net and doesn't wear anything but a jockstrap.

    HAROLD (amazed): How do you know that?

    LOOSELEAF: You told me.

    HAROLD: When?

    LOOSELEAF: When we were up in the tree so long—with the bats.

    HAROLD: Oh. I'd forgotten.

    LOOSELEAF: Fourteen times you told me. I counted.

    HAROLD: Really?

    LOOSELEAF: You'd get this funny look in your eyes, and I'd say to myself, "Oh, Jesus—he's going to tell me what a retiarius is again."

    —Kurt Vonnegut, Happy Birthday, Wanda June (The two men had been lost in the jungle after a plane crash.)

    April 17, 2009

  • Plural retiarii.

    April 17, 2009