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Meaning of military by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French militaire, from Latin mīlitārius, from mīlitis ( “soldier” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈmɪl.ɪ.tɹɪ/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈmɪl.ɪ.tɛɹ.i/


    military ( comparative more military, superlative most military )

    1. Characteristic of members of the armed forces.
    2. ( North America ) Relating to armed forces such as the army, marines, navy and air force ( often as distinguished from civilians or police forces ) .
    3. Relating to war.
    4. Relating to armies or ground forces .


    military ( plural: military or militaries )

    1. Armed forces .
      He spent six years in the military .
    2. ( US, with the ) U.S. armed forces in general, including the Marine Corps .
      It's not the job of the military to make policy .

    See also

    • martial
    • abbreviation: mil .
    • army/Army
    • navy/Navy
    • air force/Air Force
    • marines/Marines
    • Merchant Marine
    • US National Guard
    • Coast Guard



Explanation of military by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. associated with or performed by members of the armed services as contrasted with civilians

    2. military police
    3. characteristic of or associated with soldiers or the military

    4. military uniforms
    5. of or relating to the study of the principles of warfare

    6. military law
    1. the military forces of a nation

    2. their military is the largest in the region
      the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker

    Definition of military by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Military a. [L. militaris, militarius, from miles, militis, soldier: cf. F. militaire.]

      1. Of or pertaining to soldiers, to arms, or to war; belonging to, engaged in, or appropriate to, the affairs of war; as, “a military parade; military discipline; military bravery; military conduct; military renown.”

      Nor do I, as an enemy to peace,

      Troop in the throngs of military men. Shak.

      2. Performed or made by soldiers; as, “a military election; a military expedition.” Bacon.

      Military law. See Martial law, under Martial. -- Military order. A command proceeding from a military superior. An association of military persons under a bond of certain peculiar rules; especially, such an association of knights in the Middle Ages, or a body in modern times taking a similar form, membership of which confers some distinction. -- Military tenure, tenure of land, on condition of performing military service.

    2. Military, n. [Cf. F. militaire.] The whole body of soldiers; soldiery; militia; troops; the army.