- 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
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1. compatriot, fellow citizen, landsman. 3. rustic, farmer, peasant.
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Examples from the Web for countrymen
So, as far as Mexican officials like Peña Nieto are concerned, the goal is to keep their countrymen here — and keep them happy.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
One group of British-born recruits to the so-called “Islamic State” has killed two Americans and one of their own countrymen.Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi
September 21, 2014
Most countries take a special interest in their countrymen abroad.Europe’s Jews Punished for Israel’s War
July 25, 2014
To them, their countrymen who aligned themselves with the Kremlin qualified for that term.Poland’s Warmed-Over Cold Warrior
May 29, 2014
Long before my countrymen went to the streets in a peaceful protest calling for freedom.Syrian Rebel Wants a New Ally: Israel
May 9, 2014
To how many thousands of our countrymen has it proved a benefit?
I acknowledge my obligations to the masses of my countrymen, and to them alone.
His countrymen were the first to press steam into the active service of mankind.
They are asked to fight against their countrymen and co-religionists.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
At all events they have never tried it, so I shall stand up for my countrymen.The Field of Ice
- 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)
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Word Origin and History for countrymen
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