combatant

noun

com·​bat·​ant kəm-ˈba-tᵊnt How to pronounce combatant (audio)
 also  ˈkäm-bə-tənt
: one that is engaged in or ready to engage in combat
combatant adjective

Examples of combatant in a Sentence

Britain was a main combatant in World War II.
Recent Examples on the Web Recommended The ministry does not distinguish between civilians and combatants in its count. Wahaa Shurafa and Samy Magdy, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Feb. 2024 Even if the combatants agreed to a cease-fire along the current lines of control, Putin would resume the invasion at his convenience. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 17 Feb. 2024 Today, there are only a handful of combatants vying for ground at the top end of the contemporary super-chalet pyramid, and that’s why the opening of Chalet Harmony in Méribel one month ago went off like a cannon blast. Tom Weijand, Robb Report, 15 Feb. 2024 Israel's offensive has killed more than 28,000 Palestinians in the territory, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 12 Feb. 2024 The ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians, provided the breakdown of minors and women at the request of The Associated Press. TIME, 12 Feb. 2024 The ministry does not distinguish between civilians and combatants in its figures but says most of the dead have been women and children. Matthew Lee, arkansasonline.com, 8 Feb. 2024 The figure does not differentiate between combatants and noncombatants, but officials say that two-thirds of the victims have been women and children. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 All former combatants will receive personal accompaniment, for surveillance purposes. Hazlitt, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of combatant was in the 15th century

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“Combatant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/combatant. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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combatant

noun
com·​bat·​ant kəm-ˈbat-ᵊnt How to pronounce combatant (audio)
 also  ˈkäm-bət-
: one that is engaged in or ready to engage in combat
combatant adjective
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