tribesman

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web En-mei’s replies, the first interview with a Jarawa tribesman. Alex Perry, Outside Online, 24 July 2019 Soon the canoes overtook Coetzee, and a tribesman lassoed him from six feet away with a nylon rope. Grayson Schaffer, Outside Online, 7 Feb. 2011 Stranded in Afghanistan without money or papers at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he was grabbed by bounty-hunting tribesman on the Pakistan-Afghan border and handed over to the Americans, who were offering cash for suspected terrorists. New York Times, 26 Sep. 2021 Noor Afzhal, a wise, white-bearded Pashtun tribal elder, a malik, or chief, whose imposing presence commanded respect, was worried about his fellow tribesman, Mohammad Jalil. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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 3 Dec. 2022.

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tribesman

noun

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

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