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A summary trial held during military operations, without the usual level of protection for the rights of the accused.
[So called because it was sometimes held around a drumhead.]
(Military) a military court convened to hear urgent charges of offences committed in action
[C19: from the use of a drumhead as a table around which the court-martial was held]
a court-martial usu. held on a battlefield.
[1825–35; so called from the use of a drumhead as a table]
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|Noun||1.||drumhead court-martial - a military court convened to hear urgent charges of offenses committed in action|
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
court-martial - a military court to try members of the armed services who are accused of serious breaches of martial law