mi·​li·​tia·​man | \ mə-ˈli-shə-mən How to pronounce militiaman (audio) \

Definition of militiaman

: a member of a militia

Examples of militiaman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That attack killed one militiaman, and the fighting is raising fears about a possible retaliatory back-and-forth similar to the one that resulted in the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Iraqi air base hosting US troops targeted with rockets," 3 Mar. 2021 The dusty construction guy made common cause with the lawyer licking his paws and the bearded militiaman with a maggot in his brainstem. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Epitaph on a Tyrant (Sort Of)," 20 Jan. 2021 Ammon Bundy, the cowboy hat-wearing militiaman who was arrested Tuesday at the Idaho State Capitol for trespassing, has been released on bail. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Ammon Bundy posts bond, released from county jail following trespassing charge," 26 Aug. 2020 Updyke was a message-board militiaman, who lived inside the kind of echo chamber that radicalizes the weak-minded and socially vulnerable. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Harvey Updyke was the worst of SEC fanaticism," 31 July 2020 In the attack on Ogossagou last March, suspected militiamen from a rival group killed more than 150 civilians, part of spiraling ethnic and Islamist violence in West Africa's vast Sahel region. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 14, 2020," 14 Feb. 2020 The park is threatened by hundreds of militiamen who poach its animals, and by farmers who sneak in to plant crops. The Economist, "Sweet dreams are Congolese A chocolate factory in a conflict zone," 2 Apr. 2020 Hundreds of militiamen and their supporters stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday during two days of mass demonstrations, heightening tensions between the U.S. and Tehran. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Defense chief warns Iranian-backed militias in Iraq could be planning more attacks," 2 Jan. 2020 Five other militiamen were wounded and two are missing, according to Azer. Washington Post, "Taliban attack Afghan forces in country’s north, killing 14," 30 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'militiaman.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of militiaman

1668, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about militiaman

Time Traveler for militiaman

Time Traveler

The first known use of militiaman was in 1668

See more words from the same year

Statistics for militiaman

Cite this Entry

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

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on militiaman

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for militiaman

Britannica English: Translation of militiaman for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about militiaman

Comments on militiaman

What made you want to look up militiaman? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!