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[kawrt-mahr-shuh l, -mahr-, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌmɑr ʃəl, -ˈmɑr-, ˈkoʊrt-/
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.
Origin of court-martial
1565-75; earlier martial court Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He entered his plea as a court-martial was scheduled to begin.
  • The captain convenes a court-martial, whose members are inclined to leniency until the captain intercedes.
  • Appellant was tried by a special court-martial composed of officer and enlisted members.
  • Correction of general and certain special court-martial records.
  • He was tried by a special court-martial consisting of officer members and was acquitted.

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