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[mahr-tel, mahr-tel] /ˈmɑr tɛl, mɑrˈtɛl/
a hammerlike, shafted weapon having a head with a point at one end and a blunt face at the other.
Also called martel-de-fer
[mahr-tel-duh-fer, mahr-tel-] /ˈmɑr tɛl dəˈfɛr, mɑrˈtɛl-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of martel
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *martellus, diminutive of Latin martulus, marculus hammer


[mahr-tel; French mar-tel] /mɑrˈtɛl; French marˈtɛl/
Charles, Charles Martel. Unabridged
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  • Then more steps between the hedges, and martel himself turned the corner and came straight for the cottage.

    Carette of Sark John Oxenham
  • Let's see, the name of Frank's mother is Delatour—why, what's the matter, martel?

  • His son Geoffrey, called martel, or the Hammer, was a great warrior.

  • The confession was made none too soon, for that same night martel died.

  • The president, martel, was an old satyr, who sold his pardons to pretty solicitresses.

  • The entrance of Mr. martel put an end to the discussion of the Bartletts.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • martel turned on his heel and walked away, and the three stood looking after him.

    Carette of Sark John Oxenham
  • "Lots of girls are stage-struck," he said presently, breaking in on Mr. martel's rhapsody.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • None of them were heard of again except martel, and it was supposed that they had died of hunger.

    The Pirates' Who's Who Philip Gosse
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