tribes·​man | \ ˈtrībz-mən How to pronounce tribesman (audio) \

Definition of tribesman

: a member of a tribe

Examples of tribesman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The four women found in the most recent discovery are believed to have served as guardians of camp while the tribesmen were out on the warpath. Fox News, "Ancient Amazon warrior women discovered in Russia," 9 Jan. 2020 The dismissal of Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, a popular army commander, brought many of his southern tribesmen out in protest. The Economist, "Streets of fury Iraq’s government seems powerless to halt protests in the Shia heartland," 10 Oct. 2019 The Bari had been fighting a losing war with Venezuelan ranchers, who paid a bounty for every dead tribesman. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Do-gooder or ‘Devil’? A Friar’s Work Divides a Venezuelan Village," 3 Jan. 2020 Muhaxheri found a tribesman who, under coercion, admitted to killing two Albanians with a grenade launcher. The Economist, "Confessions of an Islamic State fighter," 16 Aug. 2019 The Hopi tribesmen of northern Arizona are born meteorologists. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "Indigenous farming practices failing as climate change disrupts seasons," 14 Oct. 2019 Shiite Houthi tribesmen hold their weapons during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement, in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday Sept. 21, 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Iran’s defense minister rejects any deal on missile program," 25 Sep. 2019 Giles attached a transcript of En-mei’s replies, the first interview with a Jarawa tribesman. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 Prince Hamzah’s rich Arabic lilt (acquired during a youth living with tribesmen) appeals to the Bedouin and contrasts with the king, who grew up speaking English. The Economist, "King Abdullah of Jordan fears that old allies are ditching him," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of tribesman

1798, in the meaning defined above

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“Tribesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tribesman

: someone (especially a man) who is a member of a tribe


tribes·​man | \ ˈtrībz-mən How to pronounce tribesman (audio) \
plural tribesmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of tribesman

: a member of a tribe

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