What does the word gladiator mean?

Usage examples for gladiator

  1. From few ordinary mortals, however, could any two be selected as fearful odds against such a man as Clifford,- a man in whom a much larger share of sinews and muscle than is usually the lot even of the strong had been hardened, by perpetual exercise, into a consistency and iron firmness which linked power and activity into a union scarcely less remarkable than that immortalized in the glorious beauty of the sculptured gladiator. – Paul Clifford, Volume 6. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. They were in earnest conversation, and did not seem to notice or heed the gladiator as they moved on. – The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  3. Why, I should say that you were strong enough to carry her, said Pigeonnier; you have the build of an athlete, a gladiator. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock