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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.
  3. a person who lives in the country.
  4. an unsophisticated person, as one who lives in or comes from a rural area; rustic.
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Origin of countryman

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


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


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See -man.
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noun plural -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)
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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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