Definition of gladiator noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡlædieɪtə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlædieɪtər//
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(in ancient Rome) a man trained to fight other men or animals in order to entertain the public Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin, from gladius ‘sword’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gladiator