min·​ute·​man ˈmi-nət-ˌman How to pronounce minuteman (audio)
: a member of a group of men pledged to take up arms at a minute's notice during and immediately before the American Revolution

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web From the minutemen of the Revolution, to the last military defender of the day, bless them. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 12 Nov. 2019 Americans may produce films about the Greek city-states’ stand against Persia, but long gone is the minuteman who shared features with his Athenian counterpart. Steele Brand, Time, 20 Sep. 2019 The minutemen hold the ceremony two Saturdays before Patriots Day each year, opening the season of Revolutionary War reenactment events around the region, according to Jeannette Pothier, 75, of Bedford, who is sergeant quartermaster for the company. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minuteman was in 1774

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“Minuteman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minuteman. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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min·​ute·​man ˈmin-ət-ˌman How to pronounce minuteman (audio)
: a member of an armed group pledged to take the field at a minute's notice during and immediately before the American Revolution

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