- 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.
- 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 of martialMiddle English martialle ; from Classical Latin martialis, of Mars
- 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 of martialMiddle English, from Latin Mārtiālis, from Mārs, Mārt-, Mars.
Originally Marcus Valerius Martialis. AD 40?–c. 100 .
(comparative more martial, superlative most martial)
From Latin martialis (“of Mars (Roman god of war)")
- A male given name narrowly applied to certain historic persons (but some of its foreign cognates are modern given names).
- Saint Martial was the first bishop of Limoges circa 250
- Anglicized cognomen or given name of the Roman poet Marcus Valerius Martialis, born in Spain in the first century AD and noted for his epigrams.