[mi-lish-uh-muh n]

noun, plural mi·li·tia·men.

a person serving in the militia.

Origin of militiaman

First recorded in 1770–80; militia + -man

Usage note

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

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Examples from the Web for militiaman

Contemporary Examples of militiaman

  • A few minutes later, Joyce was killed, shot in the back by a Somali militiaman.

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    Daniel Klaidman

    October 9, 2013

  • In this clip, a group of rebels has allegedly seized a Basij militiaman, and is debating the next course of action.

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    December 28, 2009

Historical Examples of militiaman

  • 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

a man serving with the militia
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Word Origin and History for militiaman

1780, from militia + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper