coun·​try·​man | \ˈkən-trē-mən, sense 3 often -ˌman\

Definition of countryman 

1 : an inhabitant or native of a specified country

3 : one living in the country or marked by country ways : rustic

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Examples of countryman in a Sentence

met a fellow Canadian countryman while traveling in France though neither well-educated nor well-dressed, the countryman presented the farmers' case before the state legislature

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Kevin de Bruyne and Iniesta's countryman David Silva are unlikely to be unseated any time soon, and Iniesta will not want to spend his final playing years warming the bench., "Manchester City Planning Shock Swoop to Reunite Barcelona Legend With Former Boss Pep Guardiola," 4 Mar. 2018 Being forced to watch his countrymen reach the quarterfinals without him was heartbreaking for the Monaco striker, who did everything this season to arrive in Russia in peak physical form. Samuel Petrequin,, "Poland, Colombia face must-win situation after debut losses," 23 June 2018 Perhaps Ibrahimovic can get a crash course in all things Sigi from countryman Freddie Ljungberg, who played under the manager for a season and a half with the Seattle Sounders. Avi Creditor,, "Pressing Questions for Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Move to the LA Galaxy," 23 Mar. 2018 But unlike Jabateh, who dismissed much of the testimony from his countrymen as lies during his trial in October, Woewiyu rarely questioned the truth of the disturbing wartime accounts related by government witnesses. Kelly Brennan,, "Delco man convicted of hiding past as Liberian war criminal," 3 July 2018 This results won’t get much publicity in the face of his countryman’s switch to uniglo (Wawrinka's career in a nutshell) but this was a classy win. Jon Wertheim,, "Five Thoughts From Day One of Wimbledon," 2 July 2018 The defender has recently been linked with a move to Barcelona, where manager Ernesto Valverde sees the potential of a long-term defensive partnership with his fellow countryman, Samuel Umtiti., "Clement Lenglet Delays Decision Over Future as Sevilla Offer Him a New Contract Amid Barcelona Links," 30 June 2018 The team's best plan of attack is to borrow a page from the NBA and maximize the supposedly strong relationship between Tavares and fellow countrymen, including Benn, Seguin and even goalie Ben Bishop. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Could top NHL free agent John Tavares pick Dallas? We could find out Saturday," 29 June 2018 His fellow countryman, Rory McIlroy, is, with America's Jordan Spieth, on the cusp of golf legend, needing only one more major to complete the Career Grand Slam. Bill Livingston,, "WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Goodbye to a tournament with global appeal - Bill Livingston (photos)," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of countryman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of countryman

: a person who lives in or comes from the same country as you

: a person who lives in the countryside


coun·​try·​man | \ˈkən-trē-mən \
plural countrymen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of countryman

1 : a person born in the same country as another : a fellow citizen

2 : a person living or raised in a place away from big towns and cities

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