- a nation engaged in active fighting with enemy forces.
- a person or group that fights.
Origin of combatant
Examples from the Web for combatant
It is immaterial if the infidel is a combatant or a civilian.The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works
October 19, 2014
Of most interest are the English-speaking narrator and a masked American-accented combatant featured in the film.How ISIS Ripped Off ‘Natural Born Killers'
September 23, 2014
Both my combatant and I claimed that the other was at fault.Ben Carson Was a Role Model for Black Teens Until He Sold Out to the Right
March 16, 2014
Simply redistributing power to combatant factions on the basis of the territory under their control would be a huge error.Second Chance At Building A State in South Sudan
January 17, 2014
But you have deep respect for your combatant who you went through it with.Plouffe: Hillary Clinton ‘Probably the Strongest Candidate’ for 2016
March 18, 2013
At length not a combatant was to be seen, but the ground was strewn with the dead and dying.The Two Supercargoes
To beat a combatant is to disable or dishearten him for further fighting.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
Against pistols and poniards he would scarce count as a combatant.The Flag of Distress
Numenius was the last Platonist, as Posidonius was the last Stoic combatant.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4
He was not the only one of his department who served as a combatant on that day.Canada in Flanders, Volume I (of 3)
Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
- a person or group engaged in or prepared for a fight, struggle, or dispute
- engaged in or ready for combat
Word Origin and History for combatant
mid-15c. (adj.), late 15c. (n.), from Old French combatant (Modern French combattant) "skilled at fighting, warlike" (also used as a noun in Old French), present participle adjective of combattre (see combat (v.)).