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[mi-lish-uh-muh n]
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noun, plural mi·li·tia·men.
  1. a person serving in the militia.
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Origin of militiaman

First recorded in 1770–80; militia + -man

Usage note

See -man.
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Related Words

militiaman, trooper

Examples from the Web for militiaman

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Historical Examples

  • Those trousers attracted the rapt attention of the militiaman.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski

  • With the cynicism of a militiaman, he called it "a flea nest."

    A Family of Noblemen

    Mikhal Saltykov

  • The hunting-shirt of the militiaman and the hunter was in general use.

  • Now let the militiaman show us what he does when he is in an ill humor.

  • Militiaman in 1738 and although over seventy years old, he with his sons signed the Revolutionary pledge in 1775.

    Caudebec in America

    William Louis Cuddeback

British Dictionary definitions for militiaman


noun plural -men
  1. a man serving with the militia
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Word Origin and History for militiaman


1780, from militia + man (n.).

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