combatant

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

Definition of combatant

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

combatant

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Examples of combatant in a Sentence

  1. Britain was a main combatant in World War II.

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First Known Use of combatant

15th century


COMBATANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of combatant for English Language Learners

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


COMBATANT Defined for Kids

combatant

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

Definition of combatant for Students

:a person who takes part in a combat

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