- 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
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Examples from the Web for countrymen
So, as far as Mexican officials like Peña Nieto are concerned, the goal is to keep their countrymen here — and keep them happy.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
One group of British-born recruits to the so-called “Islamic State” has killed two Americans and one of their own countrymen.Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi
September 21, 2014
Most countries take a special interest in their countrymen abroad.Europe’s Jews Punished for Israel’s War
July 25, 2014
To them, their countrymen who aligned themselves with the Kremlin qualified for that term.Poland’s Warmed-Over Cold Warrior
May 29, 2014
Long before my countrymen went to the streets in a peaceful protest calling for freedom.Syrian Rebel Wants a New Ally: Israel
May 9, 2014
I acknowledge my obligations to the masses of my countrymen, and to them alone.
To how many thousands of our countrymen has it proved a benefit?
His countrymen were the first to press steam into the active service of mankind.
They are asked to fight against their countrymen and co-religionists.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
But that is not so astonishing as those servant girls, or our own countrymen, said Johnson.The Field of Ice
- 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)
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Word Origin and History for countrymen
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