re·​serv·​ist ri-ˈzər-vist How to pronounce reservist (audio)
: a member of a military reserve

Examples of reservist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Driving past Carrot and Daikon Banh Mi, a local Vietnamese sandwich shop, Tran recalled asking the restaurant’s owner, a Republican and current Army reservist, whether his campaign could plant signs in front of his business during the state's primaries. Ken Tran, USA TODAY, 9 June 2024 Newspapers and television channels feature near-constant coverage of the surprise Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel — the 1,200 people who were killed that day, the scores of hostages who were dragged to Gaza and the army of reservists who have been called up to fight Israel’s retaliatory war. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 25 Jan. 2024 The Israeli leader was visiting reservists from the 55th Brigade, which his office said was working to boost fitness and evaluate plans for a possible conflict with Lebanon. Anika Arora Seth, Washington Post, 26 June 2024 The months since have put incredible strain on Israel’s military, and particularly on the reservists who have been called up for extended tours of duty. Mick Krever, CNN, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for reservist 

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reservist was in 1876

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“Reservist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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re·​serv·​ist ri-ˈzər-vəst How to pronounce reservist (audio)
: a member of a military reserve

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