[ kuhn-tree-muhn ]
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noun,plural coun·try·men.
  1. a native or inhabitant of one's own country.

  2. a native or inhabitant of a particular region.

  1. a person who lives in the country.

  2. 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 Middle English contre man. See country, man

usage note For countryman

Is countryman gender-neutral? See -man.

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British Dictionary definitions for countryman


/ (ˈkʌntrɪmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. a person who lives in the country

  2. a person from a particular country or from one's own country (esp in the phrase fellow countryman)

Derived forms of countryman

  • countrywoman, fem n gender-neutral form compatriot

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