noun (plural courts martial or court martials)
- A judicial court for trying members of the armed services accused of offences against military law: they appeared before a court martial [mass noun]: he was found guilty by court martialMore example sentences
- As the convening officer then, he appoints both the members of the court martial who are officers, as well as the judge advocate.
- The guiding principle for the selection of members of a court martial is that they should be officers who are not under the command of the higher authority.
- If so, it is expected they will face trial before a military court martial.
verb(court-martial) (court-martials, court-martialling, court-martialled; US court-martials, court-martialing, court-martialed) [with object] Back to top
- Try (someone) by a court martial: they were court-martialled and imprisonedMore example sentences
- In a celebrated case in the USA in the late 1960s, a US army doctor was court-martialled for refusing to provide medical training for special forces.
- This was enforced by interrupting transmissions and even arresting and court-martialing reporters.
- He was court-martialed for refusing to obey an order and received a bad-conduct discharge from the Army in 1995.
More definitions of court martialDefinition of court martial in:
- The US English dictionary