Gladiator etymology


English word gladiator comes from Proto-Indo-European *kelh₂-, and later Proto-Celtic *kladiwos (Sword.)

Etymology of gladiator

Detailed word origin of gladiator

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*kelh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*kl̥h₂d- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*kladiwos Proto-Celtic (cel-pro) Sword.
*kladyos Gaulish (cel-gau)
gladius Latin (lat) (figuratively) murder, death. (slang) penis. A gladiatorial contest. Sword. Swordfish.
gladiator Latin (lat) Gladiator, swordsman.
gladiator English (en) (by extension) A disputant in a public controversy or debate.. (in ancient Rome) A person (professional or slave) who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat with another, or with a wild animal.. A professional boxer.