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From Latin Mārtius +‎ -ian.



Martian (not comparable)

  1. (astrology) Pertaining to the astrological influence of the planet Mars; aggressive, bellicose. [from 14th c.]
  2. (obsolete) Pertaining to war or battle; military. [15th-17th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.5:
      The judges, which thereto selected were, / Into the Martian field adowne descended / To deeme this doutfull case, for which they all contended.
  3. Of or relating to the planet Mars or its imagined inhabitants. [from 19th c.]
    • 2004, Mark Pilkington, The Guardian, 8 Jan 2004:
      She claimed her astral body was transported to the planet, so she was able to draw detailed Martian landscapes and to speak and write its language.

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Martian (plural Martians)

  1. (science fiction) An inhabitant of the planet Mars.
    • 2013 August 24, Bagehot, “Go away, we need you”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8850: 
      A Martian who landed in Britain in the past few weeks—assuming he managed to get a visa—would take it for a place that dislikes visitors. [] And yet, if he lingered, the Martian might find himself being asked how health care was organised on his planet, or how its retailers were coping with the internet.


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