courtsmartial

court-martial

[kawrt-mahr-shuhl, -mahr-, kohrt-]
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:
1565–75; earlier martial court

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court-martial

noun
1. a military court to try members of the armed services who are accused of serious breaches of martial law 
2. a trial that is conducted by a military court 

verb
1. subject to trial by court-martial 
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