Variant of gladiator
- in ancient Rome, a man who fought other men or animals with a sword or other weapon in an arena, for the entertainment of spectators: gladiators were slaves, captives, or paid performers
- any person taking part in a public controversy or fight
Origin: L from gladius, sword, via Celtic (as inch(es) Welsh cleddyf, sword) from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to strike from source Classical Latin calamitas
- gladiatorial adjective
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