militia

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noun mi·li·tia \mə-ˈli-shə\

Definition of militia

  1. 1a :  a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency The militia was called to quell the riot.b :  a body of citizens organized for military service

  2. 2 :  the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service

Origin and Etymology of militia

Latin, military service, from milit-, miles


First Known Use: 1625


MILITIA Defined for English Language Learners

militia

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noun mi·li·tia \mə-ˈli-shə\

Definition of militia for English Language Learners

  • : a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers


MILITIA Defined for Kids

militia

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noun mi·li·tia \mə-ˈli-shə\

Definition of militia for Students

  1. :  a group of citizens with some military training who are called into service only in emergencies



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