mi·​li·​tia·​man mə-ˈli-shə-mən How to pronounce militiaman (audio)
: a member of a militia

Examples of militiaman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the war, all sides committed rapes, human rights groups and victims report, but the most sustained and organized violence was committed against Tigrayan women, who said they were raped by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers and by militiamen from Ethiopia’s Amhara region. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2023 Between 1616 and 1664, Hals was commissioned to paint nine major group portraits—six of militiamen and three of regents. Zachary Fine, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023 The worst show was put on by militiamen from Donbas. James Verini Paolo Pellegrin, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Soon, rifle-wielding North Vietnamese militiamen materialized. Jeremy Redmon, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Oct. 2023 That experiment in martial law lasted all of two weeks, until a Sheridan militiaman shot and killed an attorney who didn’t respond to his who-goes-there signal. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 His militiamen helped carry out Russian objectives by backing shaky foreign governments and nailing down mineral rights and other concessions. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2023 In Michigan, for instance, the Republican leader of the State Senate was seen at a political fund-raiser with one of the militiamen who, months later, would be arrested for participating in a plot to kidnap and kill Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2023 The clashes erupted late Monday between militiamen from the 444 brigade and the Special Deterrence Force, according to local media. Time, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of militiaman was in 1668

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“Militiaman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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mi·​li·​tia·​man mə-ˈlish-ə-mən How to pronounce militiaman (audio)
: a member of a militia

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