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.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0105:
      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.
    • 2008, Greil Marcus, “Tied to History”, in The Threepenny Review[1]:
      In Seattle, he was replaced by a martinet from Annapolis, a man so vain and incompetent, so impatient with advice from experienced sailors and sure of his own right way, that, when the Hull set sail for the South Pacific, twenty men went AWOL, certain that to ship with this man was a death sentence.
  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]

Borrowed from French martinet.

Noun[edit]

martinet (plural martinets)

  1. A martin; a swift.

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Etymology[edit]

Martí +‎ -et

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martinet m (plural martinets)

  1. heron (a wading bird of the family Ardeidae)

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /maʁ.ti.nɛ/
  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

Martinet.jpg

From marteau (hammer).

Noun[edit]

martinet m (plural martinets)

  1. 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. mechanical hammer on a motor-driven cogwheel, as used to beat metal

Etymology 2[edit]

Martin +‎ -et

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martinet m (plural martinets)

  1. martin (any of the swallow-like birds, black with a white throat, of family Hirundinidae)
  2. swift (bird)

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