• WordNet 3.6
    • n martinet someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Martinet In military language, a strict disciplinarian; in general, one who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of discipline, or to forms and fixed methods.
    • n Martinet (Zoöl) The martin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n martinet In ornithology, same as martin, 1.
    • n martinet Nautical, the name formerly given to a small line fastened to the leech of a sail to bring it close to the yard when the sail is furled. Also martnet.
    • n martinet Some kind of water-mill. Cath. Anglicum, p. 229.—2. A military engine of the middle ages.
    • n martinet A rigid disciplinarian, especially in the army or navy; a stickler for routine or regularity in small details.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Martinet mär′tin-et a strict disciplinarian
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from an officer of that name in the French army under Louis XIV. Cf. Martin the bird, Martlet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Martinet, a very strict officer in the army of Louis XIV. of France.


In literature:

But we find it used by Wycherley in 1676, about forty years before Martinet's death.
"The Romance of Words (4th ed.)" by Ernest Weekley
They always say he's more of a martinet at home than ever he was in the Army.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
There was old Dr. Sturdy of St. Michael's, a great martinet in his time.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
He even now was strongly inclined to urge the old martinet to desist, as he saw shot after shot strike the hull of his vessel.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
She glanced up half apologetically as the village martinet entered.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
Commander Jamison always had the reputation of being something of a martinet.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
There was no want among them of pinheading and pinheaded martinets.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
In discipline he was something of a martinet.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
If he had been a martinet, it would have been worse for us all.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
With the Martinet astern, the skipper let her pay off and run for the end of the Breakwater.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly

In poetry:

SIR BERKELY was a martinet -
A stern unyielding soul -
Who ruled his ship by dint of whip
And horrible black-hole.
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Of course such Spartan discipline
Would make an angel fret;
They drew a lot, and WILLIAM shot
This fearful martinet.
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And — General Martinet, one little verse
To you and your majors is due:
Be kind to your men; for no blunder is worse
Than still to be flinging the cuff or the curse
At Englishmen honest as you!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. IX. Our National Defenders" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Lifelong Pacific Beach resident Brian Martinet passed away at his home on September 7, 2012.
LESSONS IN NEGATIVITY By Jeanne Martinet Let's face it.
The hazard of conversational triangulation By Jeanne Martinet.
Protagonist Olga Nenya, who has raised 23 foster children, comes across as a martinet Mother Goose.
End of the line for the Maricopa martinet.
Drake Martinet / Now This News.

In science:

Although both solutions lack direct observational support (but see Pfenniger, Combes, & Martinet 1994 for the latter), they offer a way forward.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
Martinet, Singularities of Smooth Functions and Maps, London Math.
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
Martinet, J.: Singularities of smooth functions and maps, L. M. S.
Simple tangential families and perestroikas of their envelopes
Martinet, Sur les singularites des formes differentielles, Ann.
Sharp Spectral Asymptotics for four-dimensional Schroedinger operator with a strong magnetic field. II
Martinet, Formes quadratiques et extensions en caract´eristique 2, Ann. de l’Inst.
The discriminant and the determinant of a hypersurface of even dimension