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[mi-lish-uh-muh n] /mɪˈlɪʃ ə mən/
noun, plural militiamen.
a person serving in the militia.
Origin of militiaman
First recorded in 1770-80; militia + -man
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Five hundred horse with the Devonshire militiamen were in the van.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The militiamen with stretchers who were called up stood behind the officers.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The Smith County boys, along with the other militiamen, were in a fury of frustration.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • It was big enough for him to hide in, but then he would be on the same level as the militiamen.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • On the other was a plain merchant in command of no more than 4000 militiamen.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
British Dictionary definitions for militiamen


noun (pl) -men
a man serving with the militia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for militiamen



1780, from militia + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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