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[fruhn-teerz-muh n, fron- or, esp. British, fruhn-teerz-]
noun, plural fron·tiers·men.
  1. a person, especially a man, who lives on the frontier, especially in sparsely settled regions.
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Origin of frontiersman

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; frontier + 's1 + -man
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Related Words for frontiersmen

mountaineer, backwoodsman, frontiersman

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Historical Examples of frontiersmen

  • There is a time for all things, even for the elemental talk of frontiersmen on a holiday.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Protection of the frontiersmen from the Indians, by means of the army.

  • His influence among the frontiersmen was unbounded; his word was law.

  • I estimated our army at eleven hundred and I thanked God they were all frontiersmen.

    A Virginia Scout

    Hugh Pendexter

  • The truth is, my father was an object of suspicion to the frontiersmen.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for frontiersmen


noun plural -men
  1. (formerly) a man living on a frontier, esp in a newly pioneered territory of the US
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