- a nation engaged in active fighting with enemy forces.
- a person or group that fights.
Origin of combatant
Examples from the Web for combatants
“We faced these issues of combatants without insignia in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin
October 12, 2014
But that is not going to happen until the combatants are much more exhausted than they are now.Up to Speed: Five Things You Need to Know on Syria
September 3, 2013
When soldiers are killed, I mourn, but at least I understand the mechanism at hand: We kill their combatants, they kill ours.In Memory of the Victims of Murderers Just Sent Home
Emily L. Hauser
August 16, 2013
For hours no troops were to be seen, until, finally, late at night, they moved in to separate the combatants.Egypt’s Military Is Waiting for the Worst
Christopher Dickey, Mike Giglio
July 6, 2013
But they were not combatants fighting for a particular political or religious goal.The Boston Marathon Suspects Are Killers, Not Combatants
April 21, 2013
This short speech was received with applause by the combatants.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Six navvies, three to the man, jumped and grabbed the combatants.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
A mad rush of anger sent him leaping in amongst the combatants.White Fang
At that moment the wind dropped, and the combatants were suspended in mid-air.
One of the combatants was the city of Athens, the other was the great island of Atlantis.Critias
- a person or group engaged in or prepared for a fight, struggle, or dispute
- engaged in or ready for combat
Word Origin and History for combatants
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.)).