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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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