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Minuteman

[ min-it-man ]

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.


Minuteman

/ ˈmɪnɪtˌmæn /

noun

  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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Minuteman1

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; minute 1 + man
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Example Sentences

That’s DeJon Jarreau, formerly a Massachusetts Minuteman, who also happens to be the team’s best defender.

At some point, Forde founded her own outfit, the Minuteman American Defense.

But I did find a photograph of my brother, dressed as a minuteman, and one of me in costume, too.

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

It is in its community a sort of intellectual minuteman, always ready to supply to every comer something of interest and pleasure.

Beyond is Concord, with its bridge, well-site, and bronze minuteman.

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