miles gloriosus[mī′lēz′ glō′rē ō′səs]
a braggart, swashbuckling soldier, esp. as a stock character in classical comedy
Origin of miles gloriosusClassical Latin
nounpl. mi·li·tes glo·ri·o·si
A bragging and often cowardly soldier, especially as a stock character in comedy.
Origin of miles gloriosusLatin mīles glōriōsus, after Mīles Glōriōsus, a comedy by Plautus.
(plural milites gloriosi)
- Miles Gloriosus was the title of a comedic work by the Roman playwright Plautus (circa 254–184 BCE).
- Notably used as the name of a blustering military general in the comedic play and subsequent motion picture A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962 and 1966, respectively).
Borrowed from Latin mīles (soldier) + glōriōsus (glorious)