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[kuhn-tree-muh n] /ˈkʌn tri mən/
noun, plural countrymen.
a native or inhabitant of one's own country.
a native or inhabitant of a particular region.
a person who lives in the country.
an unsophisticated person, as one who lives in or comes from a rural area; rustic.
Origin of countryman
First recorded in 1275-1325, countryman is from the Middle English word contre man. See country, man1
1. compatriot, fellow citizen, landsman. 3. rustic, farmer, peasant.
1. foreigner.
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He is a countryman of mine; and I know he is as avaricious as an Odomantian.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It was plain that he was a man of sense and spirit, one to be proud of; plain that he was a countryman, too.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • Nor I; but it's pleasant to meet a countryman in a foreign land.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • The interpreter, his countryman, called these Portuguese 'white gentlemen.'

  • The countryman in the city, the city man in the country, is in a comic situation.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • The countryman this time did scratch his head, while he considered.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • “Anything just now that will make me forget,” answered the countryman, quickly.

British Dictionary definitions for countryman


noun (pl) -men
a person who lives in the country
a person from a particular country or from one's own country (esp in the phrase fellow countryman)
Derived Forms
countrywoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for countryman

late 13c., from country + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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