Armed American civilians who were active in the Revolutionary War and in the period just preceding the war. They were named Minutemen because they were ready to fight alongside regular soldiers at a moment's notice. The Minutemen of Massachusetts were especially well known. (See Battle of Lexington and Concord.)

Notes for Minutemen

During the cold war, the name “Minuteman” was given to a United States missile held ready for launching in the event of a nuclear attack.

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How to use Minutemen in a sentence

  • Although he acted with the greatest secrecy, he was unable to keep his plans from the watchful Minutemen.

  • About two hundred of them stood guard at the North Bridge, while a body of Minutemen gathered on a hill on the opposite side.