court martial


[kawrt-mahr-shuhl, -mahr-, kohrt-]
noun, plural courts-martial, court-martials.
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.
a trial by such a court.
a conviction by such a court: He lost his privileges because of his court-martial.
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.
to arraign and try by court-martial.

1565–75; earlier martial court Unabridged
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court martial
n , pl court martials, courts martial
1.  a military court that tries persons subject to military law
vb , court martials, courts martial, court-martial, -tials, -tialling, -tialled, -tials, -tialing, -tialed
2.  (tr) to try by court martial

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Word Origin & History

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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