Definition of retiarius in English:


Line breaks: reti|ar¦ius
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛtɪˈɑːrɪəs
, -ˈɛːrɪəs/

noun (plural retiarii /-rɪʌɪ, -rɪiː/)

An ancient Roman gladiator who used a net to trap his opponent.
More example sentences
  • As the retiarius advanced, leading with his left shoulder and wielding the trident in his right hand, his shoulder-guard prevented his opponent from striking the vulnerable area of his neck and face.
  • ‘The retiarius was the ‘fisherman,’ who fought with a net, a gladius, and a trident [and was] protected with just a small shoulder shield,’ Kanz said.


Latin, from rete 'net'.

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