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Meaning of MILITIA

Pronunciation:  mi'lishu

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
 

MILITIA is a 7 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: reserves
 
 See Also: force, military force, military group, military unit, militiaman, SA, Storm Troops, Sturmarbeiteilung, territorial, territorial reserve

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mi*li"tia\, n. [L., military service, soldiery, fr.
miles, militis, soldier: cf. F. milice.]
1. In the widest sense, the whole military force of a nation,
   including both those engaged in military service as a
   business, and those competent and available for such
   service; specifically, the body of citizens enrolled for
   military instruction and discipline, but not subject to be
   called into actual service except in emergencies.

         The king's captains and soldiers fight his battles,
         and yet . . . the power of the militia is he. --Jer.
                                               Taylor.

2. Military service; warfare. [Obs.] --Baxter.

 

 

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