Definition of gladiator in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡladɪeɪtə/


(In ancient Rome) a man trained to fight with weapons against other men or wild animals in an arena.
Example sentences
  • The most famous is probably the Colosseum where thousands of Roman citizens would gather for their entertainment - be it animals fighting or gladiators etc.
  • Now the games that involved, and we can basically say that they were blood sports, they might involve pitting of slaves or prisoners of war, against wild animals or gladiators.
  • Telling Verus' story takes viewers into his world, showing how gladiators really fought and trained and how the greatest amphitheatre of all was built.



Pronunciation: /ˌɡladɪəˈtɔːrɪəl/
Example sentences
  • The Colosseum was the greatest building in Ancient Rome but much smaller amphitheatres were built in Roman Britain and gladiatorial fights may have occurred in these.
  • Although gladiators were clearly Roman, the values presented in gladiatorial single combat were central to Greek culture as well as to Roman.
  • Another chance to see the spectacular gladiatorial combat re-enactment by the gladiators of Britannia.


Late Middle English: from Latin, from gladius 'sword'.

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