minuteman

noun
min·​ute·​man | \ ˈmi-nət-ˌman How to pronounce minuteman (audio) \

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

Examples of minuteman in a Sentence

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, "American Legion hosts snowy Veterans Day ceremony in Park Ridge," 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, "What Ancient Rome and Greece Can Teach Us About the Modern American Military," 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, "In Bedford, pole-capping a point of pride for the town," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of minuteman

1774, in the meaning defined above

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“Minuteman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minuteman. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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minuteman

noun
How to pronounce minuteman (audio)

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

minuteman

noun
min·​ute·​man | \ ˈmi-nət-ˌman How to pronounce minuteman (audio) \
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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