[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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Contemporary Examples of militiamen

Historical Examples of militiamen

  • Five hundred horse with the Devonshire militiamen were in the van.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The militiamen with stretchers who were called up stood behind the officers.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • The Smith County boys, along with the other militiamen, were in a fury of frustration.


    Robert Shea

  • It was big enough for him to hide in, but then he would be on the same level as the militiamen.


    Robert Shea

  • On the other was a plain merchant in command of no more than 4000 militiamen.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

British Dictionary definitions for militiamen


noun plural -men

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



1780, from militia + man (n.).

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