com·​bat·​ant | \kəm-ˈba-tᵊnt also ˈkäm-bə-tənt \

Definition of combatant 

: one that is engaged in or ready to engage in combat

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combatant adjective

Examples of combatant in a Sentence

Britain was a main combatant in World War II.

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In Equatoria, as elsewhere, non-combatants are bearing the brunt of the violence. Okech Francis,, "Farmers Risk Whippings as War Decimates South Sudan Breadbasket," 18 Jan. 2018 The cards features a mix of wrestlers (legends, WWE alum, established indie combatants, lucha performers and some up-n-comers). Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Col. Rob Parker, Dirty Blondes and Simon Gotch Talk Major League Wrestling and more," 11 July 2018 His death, like those of the other men who were killed on the war’s last couple of days, has often been described as futile, because the combatant countries had by then agreed on a precise timetable for the cessation of fighting. Brendan Simms, WSJ, "‘Peace at Last’ Review: Remembering Flanders Fields," 11 Nov. 2018 The regime considers them useful propaganda tools--returning the remains makes the regime look good and can be used to reward the former UN combatant countries. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How U.S. Investigators Identify Korean War Dead Using DNA, Corn, and Water," 19 Sep. 2018 Suriyawan, who helped organize last summer's Thai Food Festival at Thorek Hospital, has lined up 19 restaurants to feed the combatants (and those who choose to stay out of it too). Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Food Chain Get wet at the first Thai New Year Water Festival," 16 May 2018 As both combatants climbed the same ladder toward the belt, Edge knocked Hardy off the ladder. Gene Guillot,, "Best New Orleans wrestling matches: Jeff Hardy vs. Edge (2009) climbed ladder of success," 29 Jan. 2018 But in 2017, a U.S. agency that tracks missing combatants, establishing case files for each from witness accounts to DNA testing, identified him. Fox News, "Twin brothers to be reunited 74 years after dying together on D-Day," 19 June 2018 In a proof-of-life video released earlier this month, the three men identified their captors as members of the Oliver Sinisterra Front, a group of a few dozen combatants that authorities say is led by Guacho, a former FARC rebel. Washington Post, "Ecuador’s president confirms journalists killed along border," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of combatant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of combatant

: a person, group, or country that fights in a war or battle


com·​bat·​ant | \kəm-ˈba-tᵊnt, ˈkäm-bə-tənt\

Kids Definition of combatant

: a person who takes part in a combat

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