- a company of trained militia organized in London and elsewhere in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
Origin of trainband
1620–30; train(ed) + band1
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Examples from the Web for trainband
To-morrow you will deliver ten guns to the captain of the trainband at the court-house.Prisoners of Hope
- a company of English militia from the 16th to the 18th century
C17: altered from trained band