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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combatant adjective

Examples of combatant in a Sentence

Britain was a main combatant in World War II.

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The former leftist rebel best known by his alias Jesus Santrich was elected last year to one of 10 seats guaranteed to ex-combatants with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as part of a 2016 peace deal ending a half-century of conflict. Washington Post, "Ex-Colombian rebel leader goes missing, raises concerns," 2 July 2019 The combatants: cartoonist Mike Thompson, assistant sports editor Ryan Ford and sports interns Orion Sang and George Stoia. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroiters ate an awful lot of hot dogs last year. Here are the numbers," 2 July 2019 And the fortresses that dot the earth are where the biggest, scariest combatants await. David Pierce, WSJ, "The Problem With ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’," 30 June 2019 MacNeil testified that members of the platoon had other photos and even videos of dead combatants, taken during the deployment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Defense alleges accused SEAL’s teammates staged a mutiny against their chief," 19 June 2019 In March, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the National Defence Authorisation Act of 2012 permitted the government to detain enemy combatants until the end of hostilities in the Afghan theatre. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court refuses to hear a Guantánamo detainee's appeal," 12 June 2019 She is accompanied by some of her feathered and stilted performers (no combatant Prince Phillip, though). Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World: Villains After Hours event spotlights the dark side," 11 June 2019 The Massachusetts soldier was one of an estimated 180,000 U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) combatants fighting for the Union during the Civil War. Brian Albrecht,, "Civil War Colored Troops names to be added to Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at Juneteenth celebration," 11 June 2019 At that point, Judge Kavanaugh was best known as a combatant in the partisan wars that raged from Bill Clinton’s presidency through the disputed 2000 presidential election and into the Bush administration. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Kavanaugh’s Collegial Nature Could Change Supreme Court’s Tenor," 15 July 2018

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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