noun, plural coun·try·men.

a native or inhabitant of one's own country.
a native or inhabitant of a particular region.
a person who lives in the country.
an unsophisticated person, as one who lives in or comes from a rural area; rustic.

Origin of countryman

First recorded in 1275–1325, countryman is from the Middle English word contre man. See country, man1

Synonyms for countryman

1. compatriot, fellow citizen, landsman. 3. rustic, farmer, peasant.

Antonyms for countryman

Usage note

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

Related Words for countryman

compatriot, national, landsman

Examples from the Web for countryman

Contemporary Examples of countryman

Historical Examples of countryman

  • He is a countryman of mine; and I know he is as avaricious as an Odomantian.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • It was plain that he was a man of sense and spirit, one to be proud of; plain that he was a countryman, too.

  • Nor I; but it's pleasant to meet a countryman in a foreign land.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • The interpreter, his countryman, called these Portuguese 'white gentlemen.'

  • The countryman in the city, the city man in the country, is in a comic situation.

British Dictionary definitions for countryman


noun plural -men

a person who lives in the country
a person from a particular country or from one's own country (esp in the phrase fellow countryman)
Derived Formscountrywoman, fem n gender-neutral form compatriot
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Word Origin and History for countryman

late 13c., from country + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper