noun \ˈmi-nət-ˌman\

: a member of a group of men who fought on the side of the American colonies and who were ready to go quickly into battle during the American Revolution

Full Definition of MINUTEMAN

:  a member of a group of men pledged to take up arms at a minute's notice during and immediately before the American Revolution

First Known Use of MINUTEMAN



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Colonial soldier of the American Revolution. Minutemen were first organized in Massachusetts in September 1774, when revolutionary leaders sought to eliminate Tories, or British sympathizers, from the militia by replacing all officers. One-third of the members of each new regiment was to be ready for military duty “at a minute's warning.” Their first great test took place at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. On July 18 the Continental Congress recommended that other colonies organize minuteman units.


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