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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Brash, tireless and in the seclusion of the boardroom wreathed in a cloud of cigar smoke and profanities, Mr Iacocca presented a public image when boss of Chrysler as the patriotic car guy urging his countrymen to buy American. The Economist, "Obituary: Lee Iacocca," 4 July 2019 Foyth joined Tottenham from Estudiantes last summer for around £8m, but there are several defenders ahead of him in the pecking order and Pochettino clearly feels that his countryman is not yet ready for the pace of the Premier League., "Tottenham Defender Juan Foyth Keen to Fight for First Team Place Despite Strong Competition," 20 June 2018 Then their countrymen are here to cheer them on in the stadium. Joe Juliano,, "Justin Gatlin excited to be back at Penn for 'USA vs. The World'," 27 Apr. 2018 Hanyu's countryman Shoma Uno was third at 104.17, followed by China's Jin Boyang at 103.32. Houston Chronicle, "Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu wins figure skating short program; Adam Rippon 7th," 15 Feb. 2018 All this gives Chacon a long list of qualified countrymen from which to pick a favorite player. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Thomas Chacon’s Uruguayan pedigree sets up transition to Minnesota United," 18 Aug. 2019 However, when their countrymen began to defy the mighty Assad dynasty, Aleppo did not try to wait out the storm. Brian Stewart, National Review, "For Sama: A Chronicle of the Syrian Tragedy," 10 Aug. 2019 Dora beat countryman Alex Ribeiro in the semifinals despite one of the best rides of the day. Los Angeles Times, "Sage Erickson pays homage to her rival after winning U.S. Open of Surfing title," 4 Aug. 2019 Fleetwood’s countryman Lee Westwood joined him at seven under after a bogey-free four-under round, highlighted by a lengthy putt from the fringe on 16. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Miss Cut at British Open," 19 July 2019

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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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