noun, plural Min·ute·men.
Examples from the Web for minutemen
She founded Minutemen American Defense several years ago, supposedly to keep America safe from “illegals.”
Other rumors swirling around the Phoenix area pin the killing on Minutemen or narcotraficantes.
At Lexington they met a company of minutemen, and there were shots and bloodshed.The Road to Paris|Robert Neilson Stephens
Soon after dawn of April 19 the British troops approached Lexington where they found sixty or seventy minutemen under arms.The Colonization of North America|Herbert Eugene Bolton
About two hundred of them stood guard at the North Bridge, while a body of minutemen gathered on a hill on the opposite side.
Are you familiar with the organization known as The Minutemen?Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Eight minutemen are guarding the house where Adams and Hancock are sleeping.
British Dictionary definitions for minutemen
noun plural -men
Word Origin and History for minutemen
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.
Culture definitions for minutemen
Armed American civilians who were active in the Revolutionary War and in the period just preceding the war. They were named Minutemen because they were ready to fight alongside regular soldiers at a moment's notice. The Minutemen of Massachusetts were especially well known. (See Battle of Lexington and Concord.)