Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “martial law”

martial law

noun [U]  /ˈmɑr·ʃəl ˈlɔ/ us  
temporary rule by the military, esp. during a war or an emergency
(Definition of martial law from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of martial law?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “martial law” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


an alcoholic drink made from apples

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More