tribesman

noun

tribes·​man ˈtrībz-mən How to pronounce tribesman (audio)
: a member of a tribe

Examples of tribesman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the movie’s most visceral sequence, the tribesmen close in on the home of the Kittredge family. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2024 Tribal custom does not oblige tribesmen to follow the leadership of local sheiks as members in a political party are obliged to follow the party line. Charles Schmitz, Foreign Affairs, 19 Apr. 2015 The Houthis’ military operations in Yemen have also pushed al Hirak to ally with its formal rival, the popular committees, irregular militias composed of tribesmen and former soldiers of the southern military organized by Hadi in 2012 to oust al Qaeda from Abyan Province. Charles Schmitz, Foreign Affairs, 19 Apr. 2015 Houthi fighters and tribesmen Sunday near Sanaa, Yemen. NBC News, 15 Jan. 2024 The tribesman who had shot that arrow jumped for joy upon hitting his mark. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 That conflict pitted Cairo’s modern Army against determined tribesmen, the forefathers of the Houthis, who resented the intrusion of a foreign power and wanted a return to the imamate. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2024 So too are impoverished tribesmen in a barren Arabian Peninsula country using drones to shut down the most economically vital waterway in the world. Ed Lotterman, Idaho Statesman, 24 Jan. 2024 In 2006, two fishermen, believed to be drunk on palm wine, accidentally floated toward the island and were killed by tribesmen. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tribesman was in 1798

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“Tribesman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tribesman. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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tribesman

noun
tribes·​man ˈtrībz-mən How to pronounce tribesman (audio)
: a member of a tribe

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