Definition of military in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪlɪt(ə)ri/


Relating to or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces: the build-up of military activity he organized his shows with military precision
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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, defence, warrior, soldierly, soldier-like, martial

noun (plural militaries)

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, army, forces, services, militia, soldiery;
navy, air force, marines, special forces



Example sentences
  • It would not just be militariness but militarization.
  • They announce their militariness by their uniform and position.
  • I love the strange militariness of that.


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

Words that rhyme with military


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