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militia

noun mi·li·tia \mə-ˈli-shə\

: a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers

Full Definition of MILITIA

1
a :  a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency
b :  a body of citizens organized for military service
2
:  the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service
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Origin of MILITIA

Latin, military service, from milit-, miles
First Known Use: 1625

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
MILITIA Defined for Kids

militia

noun mi·li·tia \mə-ˈli-shə\

Definition of MILITIA for Kids

:  a group of citizens with some military training who are called into service only in emergencies

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