combatant

[ kuh m-bat-nt, kom-buh-tuh nt, kuhm- ]
/ kəmˈbæt nt, ˈkɒm bə tənt, ˈkʌm- /

noun

a nation engaged in active fighting with enemy forces.
a person or group that fights.

adjective

combating; fighting: the combatant armies.
disposed to combat; combative.

Nearby words

  1. combat neurosis,
  2. combat team,
  3. combat trousers,
  4. combat zone,
  5. combat-ready,
  6. combative,
  7. combatively,
  8. combativity,
  9. combe,
  10. combe-capelle man

Origin of combatant

1425–75; late Middle English combataunt < Middle French combatant. See combat, -ant

Related formspre·com·bat·ant, nounun·com·bat·ant, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for combatant

combatant

/ (ˈkɒmbətənt, ˈkʌm-) /

noun

a person or group engaged in or prepared for a fight, struggle, or dispute

adjective

engaged in or ready for combat
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Word Origin and History for combatant

combatant

mid-15c. (adj.), late 15c. (n.), from Old French combatant (Modern French combattant) "skilled at fighting, warlike" (also used as a noun in Old French), present participle adjective of combattre (see combat (v.)).

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