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[fruhn-teerz-muh n, fron- or, esp. British, fruhn-teerz-] /frʌnˈtɪərz mən, frɒn- or, esp. British, ˈfrʌn tɪərz-/
noun, plural frontiersmen.
a person, especially a man, who lives on the frontier, especially in sparsely settled regions.
Origin of frontiersman
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85; frontier + 's1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The legendary self-reliance of the frontiersman is not without some basis in fact.

  • This propensity he inherited not only from his mother, but also from his father, who had been a frontiersman.

    Sielanka: An Idyll Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • His advice was often asked and minded, but he gave it in the capacity of a frontiersman, not as a tactician or officer.

  • Every frontiersman was preparing for a tussle with the hated Spaniard.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • To the activities of another type of frontiersman, the trader, Indian wars were sometimes due.

    The Spirit Lake Massacre Thomas Teakle
  • I would be a frontiersman, a trail-breaker, a treasure-seeker.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • I was jumping aside and reaching for my gun when the frontiersman's quiet voice reached me.

    Call Him Savage John Pollard
  • And then he and the frontiersman told their stories in detail.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • Thus, solitary and apart, the American frontiersman took up Missouri.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • For in those days no frontiersman ever buried a dead redskin.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for frontiersman


/ˈfrʌntɪəzmən; frʌnˈtɪəz-/
noun (pl) -men
(formerly) a man living on a frontier, esp in a newly pioneered territory of the US
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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