• Military


    • UK IPA: /ˈmɪl.ɪ.tɹɪ/
    • US IPA: /ˈmɪl.ɪ.tɛɹ.i/


    From French militaire, from Latin mīlitārius, from mīlitis ("soldier").

    Full definition of military



    1. Characteristic of members of the armed forces.
      Chelsea Manning was dishonorably discharged from all military duties.
      • 1907, Robert Chambers, The Younger Set Chapter 8, At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy ; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
    1. (North America) Relating to armed forces such as the army, marines, navy and air force (often as distinguished from civilians or police forces).If you join a military force, you may end up killing people.
    2. Relating to war.
      • 1989, Gregory Flynn, Soviet Military Doctrine and Western Policy‎, The only goal pursued by Western defense strategy — to cause the Warsaw Pact to break off an attack — is more military than political in nature.
    3. Relating to armies or ground forces.



    (plural military or militaries)
    1. Armed forces.
      • 2013-06-07, Gary Younge, Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution, The dispatches also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west's professed values and actual foreign policies. Having lectured the Arab world about democracy for years, its collusion in suppressing freedom was undeniable as protesters were met by weaponry and tear gas made in the west, employed by a military trained by westerners.
    2. He spent six years in the military.
    3. (US, with the) U.S. armed forces in general, including the Marine Corps.
      It's not the job of the military to make policy.


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