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[mil-i-ter-ee] /ˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr i/
of, for, or pertaining to the army or armed forces, often as distinguished from the navy:
from civilian to military life.
of, for, or pertaining to war:
military preparedness.
of or relating to soldiers.
befitting, characteristic of, or noting a soldier:
a military bearing.
following the life of a soldier:
a military career.
performed by soldiers:
military duty.
noun, plural militaries, military.
the military.
  1. the military establishment of a nation; the armed forces.
  2. military personnel, especially commissioned officers, taken collectively:
    the bar, the press, and the military.
Origin of military
1575-85; < Latin mīlitāri(s), equivalent to mīlit- (stem of mīles) soldier + -āris -ary
Related forms
[mil-i-tair-uh-lee, mil-i-ter-uh-lee] /ˌmɪl ɪˈtɛər ə li, ˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr ə li/ (Show IPA),
militariness, noun
antimilitary, adjective
nonmilitary, adjective
premilitary, adjective
promilitary, adjective
pseudomilitarily, adverb
pseudomilitary, adjective
quasi-military, adjective
supermilitary, adjective, noun
unmilitarily, adverb
unmilitary, adjective
3. soldierly, soldierlike, martial. Unabridged
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  • But they do require some demonstrated background in military or diplomatic history.
  • military service lingers in countries that are poor or small, but elsewhere it is on the way out.
  • The use of animals in military ceremony and warfare has always interested me.
  • military honors would come later-and may yet come again.
  • Swim or row ashore and cruise through the old military barracks.
  • The military knows a fair amount about jamming cell phones.
  • The military operation did little to disrupt life in the slum, where authorities did not fire a single shot.
  • military technology used to filter down to consumers.
  • Effective camouflage is crucial to any military campaign.
  • How can the military get its people to go out and die, if it can not promise them some reward.
British Dictionary definitions for military


/ˈmɪlɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
of or relating to the armed forces (esp the army), warlike matters, etc
of, characteristic of, or about soldiers
noun (pl) -taries, -tary
the military, the armed services (esp the army)
Derived Forms
militarily, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin mīlitāris, from mīles soldier
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Word Origin and History for military

mid-15c., from Middle French militaire (14c.), from Latin militaris "of soldiers or war, of military service, warlike," from miles (genitive militis) "soldier," of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Etruscan, or else meaning "one who marches in a troop," and thus connected to Sanskrit melah "assembly," Greek homilos "assembled crowd, throng." Related: Militarily. Old English had militisc, from Latin. Military-industrial complex coined 1961 in farewell speech of U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower.


"soldiers generally," 1757, from military (adj.). Earlier, "a military man" (1736).

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