• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Retiarius (Rom.Antiq) A gladiator armed with a net for entangling his adversary and a trident for despatching him.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n retiarius In Roman antiquity, a gladiator who wore only a short tunic and carried a trident and a net. With these implements he endeavored to entangle and despatch his adversary, who was armed with helmet, shield, and sword.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. rete, a net


In literature:

Retiarius, I am armed against thee!
"The Last Days of Pompeii" by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Hawksley snatched up the bedclothes and threw them as the ancient retiarius threw his net.
"The Drums Of Jeopardy" by Harold MacGrath
The no less famous retiarius Calendio came out against him.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
The ancient retiarius, when pitted against a powerful wild beast, appeared in the arena with a rope-net folded over his left shoulder.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
One (Retiarius) is a nearly naked man with a net and a trident.
"Androcles and the Lion" by George Bernard Shaw
But a clumsy, heavy secutor never could reach a nimble, agile retiarius.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White
Strength and height count for much in them, while against an active retiarius strength goes for very little.
"Beric the Briton" by G. A. Henty
The conquering retiarius withdrew his net, and leaning on his spear, looked to the audience for their judgment.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
An American football player in full armour resembles a deep-sea diver or a Roman retiarius more than anything else.
"The Land of Contrasts" by James Fullarton Muirhead
After I had turned myself into a modest Retiarius, I had no end to success.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various