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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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  • If the countryman does not live on the best the fault is his own.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • The coming of this young cavalier, your countryman, revives your anxiety for your home.

  • The countryman pays the sixpence, and straightway opens the purse, but he does not find the sixpence therein.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • "That is the Penitentiary," answered the countryman, with naturalness.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • They travelled all day, and in the evening they came to a countryman's house.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • I'm glad to meet a countryman again, and that countryman Frank Lupton.

  • He begged pardon, telling me his joy at meeting with a countryman had occasioned some confusion in him, and craved my name.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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