fron·​tiers·​man ˌfrən-ˈtirz-mən How to pronounce frontiersman (audio)
: a person who lives or works on a frontier

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 Kentucky state flag The frontiersman and statesman in the seal represent the people of Kentucky: country and city inhabitants of 1792, when the state was joined the Union. Olivia Munson, The Courier-Journal, 5 Jan. 2024 Nearly 200 Texans were killed in their fight for independence, including famed frontiersman Davy Crockett, making the 13-day battle a turning point in the Texas Revolution. Marlise Kast-Myers, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2023 Lincoln, the son of a Kentucky frontiersman, lacked a formal education but engrossed himself in his studies, and particularly, reading law. Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2023 In addition to Costner's famous portrayal of John Dutton on Yellowstone, his expansive TV and film career includes a turn as Wyatt Earp, the real-life Western frontiersman and lawman who took on a gang of outlaws. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 19 July 2023 Today in History: On June 7, 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore present-day Kentucky. The Enquirer, 7 July 2023 On June 7, 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore present-day Kentucky. The Enquirer, 7 June 2023 This was a breakfast-time cocktail that frontiersmen were drinking, not a seasonal staple choked down while wearing a beautiful, yet, comically large hat. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2023 Special for The Arizona Republic SAN ANTONIO — The legendary American frontiersman and folk hero Davy Crockett would be proud. Dan Fellner, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frontiersman was in 1814

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“Frontiersman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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fron·​tiers·​man ˌfrən-ˈti(ə)rz-mən How to pronounce frontiersman (audio)
: a person living on the frontier

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