Minuteman

[ min-it-man ]
/ ˈmɪn ɪtˌmæn /

noun, plural Min·ute·men.

(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.
a U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile with three stages, powered by solid-propellant rocket engines.
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.

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Origin of Minuteman

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; minute1 + man1
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British Dictionary definitions for minuteman

Minuteman
/ (ˈmɪnɪtˌmæn) /

noun plural -men

(sometimes not capital) (in the War of American Independence) a colonial militiaman who promised to be ready to fight at one minute's notice
a US three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile
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