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 liner notes described one track as a funeral song to mourn the passing of a tribesman. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 3 Jan. 2020 Muhaxheri found a tribesman who, under coercion, admitted to killing two Albanians with a grenade launcher. The Economist, 16 Aug. 2019 The Hopi tribesmen of northern Arizona are born meteorologists. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, 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, 25 Sep. 2019 Giles attached a transcript of En-mei’s replies, the first interview with a Jarawa tribesman. Alex Perry, Outside Online, 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of tribesman

1798, in the meaning defined above

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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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