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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the frontiersmen were willing to brave harsh living conditions in order to achieve a better life
Recent Examples on the Web Armed supporters of Texian independence from Mexico, legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett among them, had recently seized the former religious mission. CBS News, "Almanac: "Remember the Alamo!"," 23 Feb. 2020 Our history brims with the frontiersman and the immigrant who leave a home and strike out for some new adventure, building a new home and a new life for themselves. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Marked Individual," 24 Jan. 2020 While some of the stories of this bombastic frontiersman may have been fiction, Bowie is still an iconic figure in Texas history and viewed as an American hero. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 of the Best Survival Knives," 27 Jan. 2020 That father materializes briefly as a gentle, spectral frontiersman from an earlier age. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Arthur Miller’s Dying ‘Salesman’ Is Reborn in London," 2 Jan. 2020 Plot: This movie is actually the first three episodes of the five-part miniseries of Davy Crockett, a real-life frontiersman who became a legend. Lauren Hill,, "12 must-see Disney movies, TV shows coming to Disney+, according to a childless fan," 15 Oct. 2019 Nearly 200 people died in the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, including famed American frontiersmen David Crockett and Jim Bowie, although historians believe the human remains from the battle were burned. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Remains of 3 people discovered at the Alamo during renovations," 15 Dec. 2019 Arnautoff included both in his murals: enslaved African Americans working at Mount Vernon and a dead Native American, killed by a menacing, gray phalanx of well-armed frontiersmen, off to conquer the rest of the continent. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Whiteout," 28 Oct. 2019 In 1876, frontiersman ‘‘Wild Bill’’ Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, by Jack McCall, who was later hanged., "This day in history," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of frontiersman

1814, in the meaning defined above

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“Frontiersman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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 \

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: a person living on the frontier

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