[ kuhn-tree-muhn ]
/ ˈkʌn tri mən /

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.

Nearby words

  1. country-bred,
  2. country-dance,
  3. country-fried,
  4. countryfied,
  5. countryfolk,
  6. countrypeople,
  7. countryseat,
  8. countryside,
  9. countryside agency,
  10. countrywide

Origin of countryman

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

Usage note

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

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British Dictionary definitions for countrymen


/ (ˈkʌntrɪmən) /

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 countrymen



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

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