- (sometimes lowercase) a member of a group of American militiamen just before and during the Revolutionary War who held themselves in readiness for instant military service.
- a U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile with three stages, powered by solid-propellant rocket engines.
- a member of a small, secret, ultraconservative organization formed into armed groups for the declared purpose of conducting guerrilla warfare against a communist invasion of the U.S.
Origin of Minuteman
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The minuteman wanted to go back to ordinary life and his family.Average Americans
- (sometimes not capital) (in the War of American Independence) a colonial militiaman who promised to be ready to fight at one minute's notice
- a US three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile
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Word Origin and History for minuteman
U.S. history, one of a class of militia available for immediate service (i.e. "ready in a matter of minutes"), 1774. As the name of a type of ICBM, from 1961, so called because they could be launched with very little preparation.
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