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court-martial

[kawrt-mahr-shuh l, -mahr-, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌmɑr ʃəl, -ˈmɑr-, ˈkoʊrt-/
noun, plural courts-martial, court-martials.
1.
a court consisting of military or naval personnel appointed by a commander to try charges of offenses by soldiers, sailors, etc., against military or naval law.
2.
a trial by such a court.
3.
a conviction by such a court:
He lost his privileges because of his court-martial.
4.
a session of such a court:
He attended the court-martial this morning.
verb (used with object), court-martialed, court-martialing or (especially British) court-martialled, court-martialling.
5.
to arraign and try by court-martial.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; earlier martial court
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British Dictionary definitions for court martial

court martial

noun (pl) court martials, courts martial
1.
a military court that tries persons subject to military law
verb court-martial, -tials, -tialling, -tialled (US) -tials, -tialing, -tialed
2.
(transitive) to try by court martial
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Word Origin and History for court martial
court martial
also court-martial, 1650s (pl. courts martial), originally martial court (1570s), from court + martial. As a verb, from 1859.
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