fron·​tiers·​man | \ ˌfrən-ˈtirz-mən How to pronounce frontiersman (audio) , frän-\

Definition of frontiersman

: a person who lives or works on a frontier

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Examples of frontiersman in a Sentence

the frontiersmen were willing to brave harsh living conditions in order to achieve a better life

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In 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone began to explore present-day Kentucky., "This day in history," 7 June 2018 Pulp novels romanticized ex-Confederate soldiers and rifle-wielding frontiersmen. Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment,’ by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz," 1 Mar. 2018 Roosevelt, by contrast, would cultivate the twin modes of frontiersman and exacting naturalist. Philip Dray, Time, "How This Photo of Theodore Roosevelt in Hunting Gear Helped Jump-Start the American Conservation Movement," 1 May 2018 The game lets players take on the role of frontiersman who acquire land and swap resources with other players., "Tracking the rise of Cleveland-area gamer bars and cafes (pictures and video)," 7 Mar. 2018 In a bolero hat and cowboy boots, the real estate developer — who also owns Calahua, the world’s second-largest producer of coconut cream — looks the part of the frontiersman. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Napa running out of land for vineyards?," 22 Feb. 2018 His mother was Elma Kirschhofer and his father, Allan Carson Terk, was a descendant of the American frontiersman Kit Carson. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "Outlaw biker and counterculture artist Allan “Gut” Terk dies," 14 Feb. 2018 So much for the image of the rugged American frontiersman, gun in hand, experiencing his primordial oneness with the wilderness, so beloved by gun rights advocates. Patrick Blanchfield, New Republic, "The Brutal Origins of Gun Rights," 11 Dec. 2017 The American as individualist frontiersman, the cowboy forever riding the range—that’s the NRA’s take on American exceptionalism. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "How should we politicize mass shootings?," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of frontiersman

1814, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of frontiersman

: a person (especially a man) who lives on the frontier (sense 2)


fron·​tiers·​man | \ ˌfrən-ˈtirz-mən How to pronounce frontiersman (audio) \
plural frontiersmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of frontiersman

: a person living on the frontier

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