martinet

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Etymology 1[edit]

After the example of 17th century French army officer Jean Martinet.

Noun[edit]

martinet (plural martinets)

  1. (military) A strict disciplinarian.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, Ch.I:
      Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
  2. (figuratively) Anyone who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of discipline, or to forms and fixed methods or rules.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French

Noun[edit]

martinet (plural martinets)

  1. (zoology) A martin; a swift

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From marteau (hammer), from Latin martulus (hammer)

Noun[edit]

martinet m (plural martinets)

  1. a multi-tail whip, comprising leather or whipcord thongs fixed on a handle, to dust off or to administer a beating (usually to a child's bottom)
  2. a mechanical hammer on a motor-driven cogwheel, as used to beat metal
  3. the swallow-like bird species martin, black with a white throat
  4. swift (bird)

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