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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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  • There are many of my countrymen, who, I doubt not, feel as I do.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • That was an occasion, my countrymen, when it was greater to be an American citizen than to wear a crown.

    America First Various
  • They were, however, quite as well versed in stealing as their countrymen.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • He could not be afraid of meeting any of his own countrymen, could he?

  • "Your countrymen are probably glad to have peace," he answered.

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
British Dictionary definitions for countrymen


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 countrymen



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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