- in ancient Rome, a man trained to fight animals or other men with weapons in an arena, for the entertainment of spectators
- any person taking part in a public controversy or fight
Origin of gladiatorClassical Latin from gladius, sword, via Celtic (as in Welsh cleddyf, sword) from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to strike from source Classical Latin calamitas
- A person, usually a professional combatant, a captive, or a slave, trained to entertain the public by engaging in mortal combat with another person or a wild animal in the ancient Roman arena.
- A person engaged in a controversy or debate, especially in public; a disputant.
- Sports A professional boxer.
Origin of gladiatorMiddle English from Latin gladiātor from gladius sword of Celtic origin Old Irish claideb
From Latin gladiātor, from gladius (“sword”) (gladius).