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Definition of "court-martial" [court•-mar•tial]

  • A military or naval court of officers appointed by a commander to try persons for offenses under military law. (noun)
  • A trial by such a military tribunal. (noun)
  • To try by military tribunal. (verb-transitive)
  • A military court that tries persons subject to military law (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To try (a person) by court martial (verb)

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Use "court-martial" in a sentence
  • "Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs was back in court for a reopened Article 32 hearing, a military justice proceeding roughly equivalent to a grand jury session that determines whether a case gets referred to court-martial for trial."
  • "Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs was back in court for the reopening of his so-called Article 32 hearing, a proceeding to hear evidence roughly equivalent to a grand jury session that determines whether case gets referred to court-martial for trial."
  • "Many members of the unit are among the 28 witnesses scheduled to testify in the court-martial, which is expected to last into next week."