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

Definition of tribesman

: a member of a tribe

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Before killing Elliot and his friends, the Huaorani exchanged gifts with them, and one tribesman even took a ride in their plane. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 But within a few generations, according to Ibn Khaldun, these victorious tribesmen lose their ‘asabiyya and become corrupted by luxury, extravagance, and leisure. Malise Ruthven, The New York Review of Books, "The Otherworldliness of Ibn Khaldun," 7 Feb. 2019 At the 1889 Exposition Universelle, a group of Senegalese tribesmen were installed, huts and all, on the Esplanade des Invalides. María Gainza, Harper's magazine, "Both Sides Now," 10 May 2019 Pro-Pakistani rebels, funded by Pakistan, took over much of western Kashmir, and in September 1947, Pashtun tribesmen streamed over the border from Pakistan into Kashmir. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "The Kashmir conflict: How did it start?," 2 Mar. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce tribesman (audio) \
plural tribesmen\ -​mən \

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: a member of a tribe

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