court-martials, court-martialling, court-martialled
(The spellings court-martialing and court-martialed are used in American English; courts-martial is also used as a plural form for the noun.)
1) N-VAR A court-martial is a trial in a military court of a member of the armed forces who is charged with breaking a military law.

He is due to face a court martial on drugs charges...

He was arrested, tried by court martial and shot.

2) VERB: usu passive If a member of the armed forces is court-martialled, he or she is tried in a military court.

[be V-ed] I was court-martialled and sentenced to six months in a military prison.

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