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

 

martinet

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌmɑːtɪˈnet//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɑːrtnˈet//
 
(formal)
 
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a very strict person who demands that other people obey orders or rules completely Word Origin late 17th cent. (denoting the system of drill invented by Martinet): named after Jean Martinet, 17th-cent. French drill master.
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