Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Minuteman

[min-it-man]
See more synonyms for Minuteman on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural Min·ute·men.
  1. (sometimes lowercase) a member of a group of American militiamen just before and during the Revolutionary War who held themselves in readiness for instant military service.
  2. a U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile with three stages, powered by solid-propellant rocket engines.
  3. a member of a small, secret, ultraconservative organization formed into armed groups for the declared purpose of conducting guerrilla warfare against a communist invasion of the U.S.
Show More

Origin of Minuteman

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; minute1 + man1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for minuteman

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • The minuteman wanted to go back to ordinary life and his family.

    Average Americans

    Theodore Roosevelt


British Dictionary definitions for minuteman

Minuteman

noun plural -men
  1. (sometimes not capital) (in the War of American Independence) a colonial militiaman who promised to be ready to fight at one minute's notice
  2. a US three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for minuteman

n.

U.S. history, one of a class of militia available for immediate service (i.e. "ready in a matter of minutes"), 1774. As the name of a type of ICBM, from 1961, so called because they could be launched with very little preparation.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper