min·​ute·​man | \ ˈmi-nət-ˌman \

Definition of minuteman

: a member of a group of men pledged to take up arms at a minute's notice during and immediately before the American Revolution

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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, "In Bedford, pole-capping a point of pride for the town," 7 Apr. 2018

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1774, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of minuteman

: a member of a group of men who fought on the side of the American colonies and who were ready to go quickly into battle during the American Revolution


min·​ute·​man | \ ˈmi-nət-ˌman \
plural minutemen\ -​ˌmen \

Kids Definition of minuteman

: a member of a group of armed men who favored independence of the American colonies and who were ready to fight at a minute's notice immediately before and during the American Revolution

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