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Definition of "militia" []

  • An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers. (noun)
  • A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency. (noun)
  • The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "militia" in a sentence
  • "An aft to apportion At relief* by the fevered fiatutes mm in force directed to bo ghat* to the families of non-eommifioned office, drummers* fifers* and private s y ferving in the mttkia* between the county at large and the peculiar di/Mfts therein not contri - buting to the county rate* according to the number of menferv - ingfor each infuch militia 9 and to remove certain difficulties in rejpeft to the relief of families affithftituUs* hired men* or w lunteers* ferving tn the militia* — - [May 22, .1795.]"
  • "The word militia meant something different back then, Noah."
  • "The court also touched on the meaning of the term militia:"