from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or engaged in warfare.
- n. One that is hostile or aggressive, especially one that is engaged in war.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Engaged in warfare, warring.
- adj. Eager to go to war, warlike.
- adj. Of or pertaining to war.
- adj. Aggressively hostile, eager to fight.
- adj. Acting violently towards others.
- n. A state or other armed participant in warfare
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Waging war; carrying on war.
- adj. Pertaining, or tending, to war; of or relating to belligerents.
- n. A nation or state recognized as carrying on war; a person engaged in warfare.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Warlike; given to waging war; characterized by a tendency to wage or carry on war.
- Of warlike character; constituting or tending to an infraction of peace: as, a belligerent. tone of debate.
- Actually engaged in war: as, the belligerent powers.
- Pertaining to war, or to those engaged in war: as, belligerent rights, etc.
- n. A nation, power, or state carrying on war; also, a person engaged in fighting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
- n. someone who fights (or is fighting)
- adj. engaged in war
Latin belligerāns, belligerant-, present participle of belligerāre, to wage war, from belliger, warlike : bellum, war + gerere, to make.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin belligerans ("waging war"), present active participle of belligerō ("I wage war"), from belliger ("waging war, warlike"), from bellum ("war") + -ger (from gerō ("I lead, wage, carry on")). (Wiktionary)