noun English History.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trainband

Historical Examples of trainband

  • To-morrow you will deliver ten guns to the captain of the trainband at the court-house.

    Prisoners of Hope

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for trainband



a company of English militia from the 16th to the 18th century

Word Origin for trainband

C17: altered from trained band
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