A bragging and often cowardly soldier, especially as a stock character in comedy.
A braggart, swashbuckling soldier, esp. as a stock character in classical comedy.
Alternative form of miles gloriosus.
Origin of miles-gloriosus
- Latin mīles glōriōsus after Mīles Glōriōsus , a comedy by Plautus
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition