There are 2 main definitions of martial in English:

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martial 1

Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːʃ(ə)l/


Relating to fighting or war: martial bravery
More example sentences
  • The martial, or fighting arts are among humankind's oldest avocations.
  • In the opening part there are fight scenes woven around him to introduce us to his martial skills.
  • Some may be obscure to people who haven't read much about martial culture or military history.



Example sentences
  • ‘It hardly needs to be said that my husband is martially skilled,’ Adriana went on, ‘and I myself am skilled as well.’
  • Leaving the Priests - their less martially inclined counterparts - to spread the inspiring words of the Goddess, the holy warriors preferred to let their actions speak for them, battling evil with their uniquely crafted weapons.
  • You are arguably the most martially capable hand-to-hand fighter in this fleet besides myself.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin martialis, from Mars, Mart- (see Mars).

  • march from Late Middle English:

    There are three English words march, if you include March. The march with the sense ‘to walk in a military manner’ came from French marcher ‘to walk’ in the late Middle Ages. If you march to a different tune you consciously adopt a different approach or attitude to the majority of people. The variant march to a different drummer was inspired by an observation from the 19th-century US essayist and poet Henry David Thoreau: ‘If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.’

    Another march means ‘the border or frontier of a country’, now found mainly in the geographical term the Marches, used for the area of land on the border of England and Wales, such as the counties of Shropshire and Monmouthshire. It too came from French, but is probably related to mark, from the idea of a boundary marker.

    The month is named after Mars, the Roman god of war, and was originally the first month of the Roman calendar. Weather lore from the early 17th century tells us that March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb—traditionally the weather is wild at the beginning of March, but fair and settled by the end. The name of the god Mars is also the source of martial (Late Middle English), ‘relating to fighting or war’, which entered English in the late Middle Ages. The martial arts, sports such as judo, karate, and kendo, originated in Japan, China, and Korea and first came to European attention in the late 19th century, though the general term martial arts is not recorded until 1920. See also mad

Words that rhyme with martial

court-martial, impartial, marshal, partial

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Martial 2

Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːʃ(ə)l/
(Circa 40-circa 104 ad), Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain; Latin name Marcus Valerius Martialis. His fifteen books of epigrams, in a variety of metres, reflect all facets of Roman life.

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