com·​bat·​ant | \ kəm-ˈba-tᵊnt How to pronounce combatant (audio) also ˈkäm-bə-tənt \

Definition of combatant

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

Other Words from combatant

combatant adjective

Examples of combatant in a Sentence

Britain was a main combatant in World War II.
Recent Examples on the Web The contract will see Palantir continue to develop A.I. technology for the U.S. Army's combatant commands, according to a company statement. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 2 Aug. 2022 While details are scarce, the Pacific Fleet’s latest operational debacle has left the U.S. without a key undersea combatant. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 The incumbent is widely regarded here as an effective combatant against the Biden administration and has remained popular with Republicans despite a series of legal and ethical scandals. WSJ, 24 May 2022 These are all great automotive rivalries that made each combatant better for the experience. Mark Takahashi, Car and Driver, 10 June 2022 Under the Geneva Conventions, prisoners of war are entitled to combatant immunity, and they should not be prosecuted for participation in hostilities. Paulina Villegas, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 In the Black Sea, trading an old workboat or other hulk for even a mere mission-kill on a Russian combatant is eminently worthwhile. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 8 June 2022 After his election to Congress in 2012, Meadows, a former restaurant owner in rural North Carolina and later a real estate developer, earned a reputation as a hard-right combatant while chairing the House Freedom Caucus. Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2022 In the end, the Navy may be content with smaller numbers of Freedom-class ships for maritime security and small surface combatant operations, said Bryan Clark, defense analyst at the Hudson Institute. David Sharp, ajc, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of combatant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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com·​bat·​ant | \ kəm-ˈba-tᵊnt How to pronounce combatant (audio) , ˈkäm-bə-tənt \

Kids Definition of combatant

: a person who takes part in a combat


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