A Word A Day : Gladiator

Friday, 26th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : glád-dee-àyter

1. In ancient Rome, a professional fighter who fought another combatant or a wild animal in public entertainments set in an arena. Often gladiators were criminals or slaves who were equipped with nets, nooses, swords, or other weapons.

2. A vigorous fighter or campaigner for or against a cause or person

3. A professional boxer


Mid-16th century - Latin - gladius which means sword


Fighter, Fencer, Sword Fighter, Warrior, Battler, Belligerent, Combatant, Scrapper, Boxer, Pugilist


Campaigner, Lobbyist, Supporter, Advocate, Champion

Contextual Examples:

• The Tin Woodman was usually a peaceful man, but when occasion required he could fight as fiercely as a Roman gladiator.

Related Words :

1. Gladiatorial : Adjective

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