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military Syllabification: mil·i·tar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈmiləˌterē/

Definition of military in English:


Of, relating to, or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces: both leaders condemned the buildup of military activity
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  • When land was held by feudal tenure, military service was due from a tenant to his lord.
  • There was very little formal structure by way of military rank in Viking armies.
  • Confident in their military prowess, they preferred to try the arbitrament of war.
fighting, service, army, armed, defense, martial

noun (plural militaries)

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The armed forces of a country: as a young man he joined the military and pursued a career in the Army most militaries remain subordinate to civilian authorities
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  • Although the coup was unsuccessful, it led to the assumption of power by the military.
  • The regime itself used the military to achieve power and has long been aware of the danger it poses.
  • My husband left home in February after eight years of inactive service to the military.
(armed) forces, services, militia;
army, navy, air force, marines


Late Middle English: from French militaire or Latin militaris, from miles, milit- 'soldier'.

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