So far as the Ulstermen were concerned the ridicule of their quasi-military display and equipment never had any sting in it.
Captain Bellfield was also at Norwich, having obtained some quasi-military employment there in the matter of drilling volunteers.
The first and second lieutenants were soon elected and a quasi-military organization was soon formed.
Each parish has its brass band supplied with European instruments, the musicians generally wearing a quasi-military uniform.
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).