coun·​try·​man | \ ˈkən-trē-mən How to pronounce countryman (audio) , 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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Synonyms for countryman


compatriot, landsman

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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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Isaias Medina, a former Venezuelan diplomat at the U.N. mission who resigned in protest against the Maduro government – the first Venezuelan diplomat to do so, said this was an important message to his countrymen and women. Ben Evansky, Fox News, "Nikki Haley lends support to Venezuelans protesting Maduro at UN," 28 Sep. 2018 But first, a great day for this country and our fellow countrymen. Fox News, "Sebastian Gorka: Gina Haspel is a patriot," 11 May 2018 Standing alongside Netanyahu, Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini noted with pride that more than 600 of his countrymen had been recognized by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial for saving Jews during World War II. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped," 19 Feb. 2019 Uno might have won the gold if not for his magnificent countryman. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu defends gold medal in men's figure skating," 16 Feb. 2018 Echoing their countrymen in the initial caravan, Hondurans in the second group talked of fleeing poverty and gang violence in one of the world’s deadliest countries by homicide rates. Rebecca Blackwell, The Seattle Times, "Migrants to rest, hope to win mass transport to Mexico City," 31 Oct. 2018 Americans in attendance would instantly recognize this as the setting in which Captain Von Trapp sang Edelweiss to his fellow countrymen before fleeing for the hills. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "At Austria’s Famous Salzburg Festival, the Hills Do Come Alive With the Sound of Music," 2 Aug. 2018 His countrymen cannot forget the savage face of war. WSJ, "And the Fair Land," 21 Nov. 2018 Their countrymen remaining behind struggle to afford what little food is available amid hyperinflation and a crumbling infrastructure has crippled vital services like water and electricity. Claudia Torrens, The Seattle Times, "Venezuelan official to crash UN meeting on migrant crisis," 24 Sep. 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
British : a person who lives in the countryside


coun·​try·​man | \ ˈkən-trē-mən How to pronounce countryman (audio) \
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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