- The definition of martial is warlike or appropriate in times of war.
When military law goes into affect because of fear of war, this is an example of martial law.
martial definition by Webster's New World
- of or suitable for war: martial songs
- showing a readiness or eagerness to fight; warlike
- of the army, the navy, or military life; military
Origin: Middle English martialle ; from Classical Latin martialis, of Mars
martial definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, or suggestive of war.
- Relating to or connected with the armed forces or the profession of arms.
- Characteristic of or befitting a warrior.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin Mārtiālis, from Mārs, Mārt-, Mars.
- marˈtial·ism noun
- marˈtial·ist noun
- marˈtial·ly adverb
Originally Marcus Valerius Martialis. fl. first century B.C.