Martinet meaning

mär'tn-ĕt'
The definition of a martinet is someone who is strict and follows rules absolutely, especially in the military.

A drill sergeant is an example of a martinet in the military.

A principal who doesn't allow a student to break a single rule is an example of a martinet.

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A rigid military disciplinarian.
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One who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules.
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A very strict military disciplinarian.
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Any very strict disciplinarian or stickler for rigid regulations.
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(military) A strict disciplinarian.
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(figuratively) Anyone who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of discipline, or to forms and fixed methods or rules.
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(zoology) A martin; a swift.
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Origin of martinet

  • After Jean Martinet (died 1672), French army officer
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • After the example of 17th century French army officer Jean Martinet.
    From Wiktionary
  • From French
    From Wiktionary