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
Recent Examples on the Web John Filson, one of the founders of Cincinnati who died before it was settled in 1788, wrote the first biography of what frontiersman? Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "How well do you know Cincinnati history? Take the quiz," 2 May 2021 Idaho was named, in the eighteen-sixties, by a frontiersman huckster who claimed to speak Shoshone. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New Yorker, "How New York Was Named," 13 Apr. 2021 Your frontiersman now has the ability to saddle up on the back of a tamed beast, considerably reducing the downtime between fights. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The Best Video Games of 2021 (So Far)," 9 Apr. 2021 The deal protects a region that is eight times the size of San Francisco and remains very much as 19th century frontiersman Kit Carson experienced it. Louis Sahagún Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A thorny land conservation dispute takes root in the wilds of Tejon Ranch," 3 Dec. 2020 Hord evolved from a farmer-frontiersman into a leading local figure and Dallas county’s second chief justice before his death in 1901, according to a 1976 Dallas Times Herald article. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, "Where was the first house in Oak Cliff? Curious Texas Investigates," 2 Dec. 2020 Nick Lyons, the fly-fishing author and publisher, believes the draw for collectors is connected to romantic myths of American frontiersman identity, citing Huckleberry Finn and Daniel Boone. Ezra Marcus New York Times, Star Tribune, "Antique fishing gear is latest hot 'mantique'," 25 Aug. 2020 Later, the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone and others, such as the future president William Henry Harrison, collected many more bones and teeth at Big Bone Lick and presented them to George Washington, Ben Franklin and other American notables. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Story of Charles Willson Peale’s Massive Mastodon," 6 May 2020 If the frontiersman and businessman shaking hands were replaced with Gov. Andy Beshear and iconic rapper Tupac Shakur. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Orders roll in from across the country for Andy Beshear-Tupac Kentucky state seal shirts," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of frontiersman

1814, in the meaning defined above

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“Frontiersman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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