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

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.

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Ingstad was one of just five frigates in the entire navy, so the loss represents a 20 percent reduction in the number of Norway’s large surface combatants. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Norway’s Ruined Frigate Is Afloat Again and It Doesn't Look Good," 15 Apr. 2019 The combatants include a gunslinger with big sideburns, a sentient cactus, and a girl in a bear suit. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell’s new game mixes Fortnite and Clash Royale, and it’s out soon," 14 Nov. 2018 Crucial parts of the accords — things like providing reparations for victims, reintegration of former combatants into society, and developing the country’s poorest and most rural areas — have gone unfulfilled. Megan Janetsky, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia’s Former War Zones," 24 Apr. 2019 In April, a larger meeting is being planned between Mr. Mattis and the global combatant commanders. Helene Cooper And Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "U.S. Banks on Diplomacy With North Korea, but Moves Ahead on Military Plans," 28 Feb. 2018 The city was teeming with war workers, residents with ethnic ties to the combatants (or their victims), and soldiers and sailors who might never see home again. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "‘Victory City’ Review: New World Capital," 4 Jan. 2019 He was likely shot accidentally by Afghan troops who were fighting with him during an assault on al-Qaida combatants, an initial review from a division of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization found. Sgt. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Funeral services set for Sgt. Leandro Jasso, Washington soldier killed in Afghanistan," 30 Nov. 2018 Lasing attacks appear to be an easy way for enemy combatants to harass and try to distract military pilots, both in planes and helicopters. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Laser Beam Attacks Bedevil U.S. Military Pilots in Mideast," 17 Aug. 2018 Such an operation would take place after separating or evacuating civilians from the militants, estimated to be about 300 combatants, said Mustafa Bali, the spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Pressure builds to get civilians out of last IS-held enclave," 20 Feb. 2019

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

Kids Definition of combatant

: a person who takes part in a combat

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