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[min-it-man] /ˈmɪn ɪtˌmæn/
noun, plural Minutemen.
(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
An Americanism dating back to 1765-75; minute1 + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for Minuteman


noun (pl) -men
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Minuteman



: Youth gangs use minors as gun runners, calling them ''minutemen'' because if they're caught they're out (of jail) in a minute (1990s+ Street gang)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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