Definition of retiarius in English:


Syllabification: re·ti·ar·i·us
Pronunciation: /ˌrēSHēˈe(ə)rēəs

noun (plural retiarii /-ˈe(ə)rēˌē, -ēˌī/)

An ancient Roman gladiator armed with a net and a spear.
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  • 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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