[kuh m-bat-nt, kom-buh-tuh nt, kuhm-]


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


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


engaged in or ready for combat
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Word Origin and History for 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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