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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin gladius (sword).


gladiate (comparative more gladiate, superlative most gladiate)

  1. (botany) Sword-shaped.
    The leaves of the iris and gladiolus are gladiate.

Etymology 2[edit]

Back-formation from gladiator.


gladiate (third-person singular simple present gladiates, present participle gladiating, simple past and past participle gladiated)

  1. To fight as a gladiator.
    • 2013, Lorde, Glory and Gore, Pure Heroine:
      You could try and take us (oh, oh),
      but we're the gladiators (oh, oh)
      We gladiate, but I guess we're really fighting ourselves []