from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rigid military disciplinarian.
- n. One who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strict disciplinarian
- n. Anyone who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of discipline, or to forms and fixed methods or rules.
- n. A martin; a swift
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In military language, a strict disciplinarian; in general, one who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of discipline, or to forms and fixed methods.
- n. The martin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ornithology, same as martin, 1.
- n. Nautical, the name formerly given to a small line fastened to the leech of a sail to bring it close to the yard when the sail is furled. Also martnet.
- n. Some kind of water-mill. Cath. Anglicum, p. 229.—2. A military engine of the middle ages.
- n. A rigid disciplinarian, especially in the army or navy; a stickler for routine or regularity in small details.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
After Jean Martinet (died 1672), French army officer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After the example of 17th century French army officer Jean Martinet. (Wiktionary)
From French (Wiktionary)