Definition of miles gloriosus in English:

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miles gloriosus

Pronunciation: /ˌmēlās ˌɡlôrēˈōsəs/

noun (plural milites gloriosi /ˈmēləˌtās ˌɡlôrēˈōsē/)

(In literature) a boastful soldier as a stock figure.
Example sentences
  • The Plautine mode of comedy was based upon stock characters, including the crafty servant or the braggart soldier (miles gloriosus), which often figured in early English comedy.
  • So, here's to Fredric Koeppel, a veritable Diogenes among the milites gloriosi of the wine world.
  • In fact, most of the things Epicharmus is claimed to have contributed to Attic comedy (parasites, cooks, milites gloriosi, philosophic charlatans) either are not really found in his work, or, if they were, are not found in Old Comedy but first in Middle.

Origin

Latin, from the title of a comedy by Plautus.

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