tribes·​man | \ ˈtrībz-mən \

Definition of tribesman

: a member of a tribe

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The Thanksgiving holiday’s traditional dinner commemorates a feast the colonists shared two years earlier, in 1621, with 90 Wampanoag tribesmen. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Plymouth Colony and the Business Case for Gratitude," 25 Nov. 2018 Local tribesman in Port Moresby’s impoverished Gabutu neighborhood greeted Chinese President Xi Jinping to their country this week. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "China, Wooing Summit Hosts, Stamps Its Mark in the South Pacific," 16 Nov. 2018 In Indonesia, the Baduy tribesmen believe in living closely with nature, and their unique religion resulted in these intricate platforms. Caroline Picard, House Beautiful, "These Living Bridges Are Seriously Breathtaking," 29 Jan. 2016 French President Emmanuel Macron, left, meets residents on Ouvea Island, off New Caledonia, Saturday, May 5, 2018 to attend ceremonies marking the 30th anniversary of when Kanak tribesmen took French police hostage on Ouvea island. Washington Post, "Macron honors New Caledonians before independence vote," 6 May 2018 The local gentry would marshal the peasants, laborers and tribesmen into polls that would choose each Parliament. Reuel Marc Gerecht And, WSJ, "Don’t Fear Regime Change in Iran," 11 June 2018 His death ignited protests by Pashtuns, who accused Pakistan’s security forces of racial profiling, seeing all Pashtuns as Taliban simply because many insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan are recruited from among Pashtun tribesmen. Washington Post, "Pashtun rights group accuses Pakistan army of abuses," 28 Apr. 2018 When innocent tribesmen were accidentally killed in operations designed to target the Yemeni military, AQAP published apologies and negotiated to pay blood money. Elisabeth Kendall, Washington Post, "What's next for jihadists in Yemen?," 23 Feb. 2018 Trapped in a giant Tridacna clam, his body was brought to the surface by his fellow tribesmen in Palawan, a province of the Philippines, in May 1934. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018

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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 \
plural tribesmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of tribesman

: a member of a tribe

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