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

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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 Will Schuh, the combatant command’s Air Operations Division B-52 weapons officer, said in the statement. Wyatt Olson, Anchorage Daily News, "B-52 bombers return to Alaska following three-year hiatus," 17 June 2020 The decision is part of the president’s and Department of Defense efforts to review combatant commands around the globe, the official said. David Rising,, "Germany: US troop reduction could harm NATO security," 8 June 2020 Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare. Rick Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Houston native promoted to U.S. Navy lieutenant aboard USS James E. Williams," 5 June 2020 The Mensur had its rules and conventions, which involved a stopwatch, a surgeon, an umpire, and, for the combatants, goggles and padded garments. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, "The Defender of Differences," 13 May 2020 It has been widely discussed how these categories are difficult to maintain for combatants of the Lord’s Resistance Army, who can be considered both a victim (of abduction), and a perpetrator (having participated in the violence). Kristof Titeca, Quartz Africa, "These photos reveal the personal lives of the Lord’s Resistance Army," 18 Dec. 2019 The Pegasus-class patrol boats were the smallest combatants in the Cold War-era U.S. Navy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange, Sad Odyssey of the USS Gemini," 25 July 2016 Colonel Rol,’’ as he was known to his combatants, had been one of the signatories to the German surrender just before de Gaulle had hit town. Phil Davison,, "Cécile Rol-Tanguy, who helped liberate Paris from the Nazis, dies at 101," 13 May 2020 This, in turn, would affect the kinds of injuries combatants sustained. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Medieval arrows caused injuries similar to gunshot wounds, study finds," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of combatant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2020

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“Combatant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce combatant (audio) , ˈkäm-bə-tənt \

Kids Definition of combatant

: a person who takes part in a combat

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