Definition of retiarius in US English:


nounPlural retiarii

  • An ancient Roman gladiator armed with a net and a spear.

    • ‘As the retiarius advanced, leading with his left shoulder and wielding the trident in his right hand, his shoulder-guard prevented his opponent from striking the vulnerable area of his neck and face.’
    • ‘‘The retiarius was the ‘fisherman,’ who fought with a net, a gladius, and a trident [and was] protected with just a small shoulder shield,’ Kanz said.’


Latin, from rete ‘net’.