civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
the entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service
"their troops were untrained militia"; "Congress shall have power to provide for calling forth the militia"--United States Constitution
An army of trained civilians, which may be an official reserve army, called upon in time of need; the national police force of a country (e.g. Russia, Ukraine, etc.); the entire able-bodied population of a state; or a private force, not under government control.
Origin: From militia, from miles.
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
military service; warfare
Origin: [L., military service, soldiery, fr. miles, militis, soldier: cf. F. milice.]
A militia, generally refers to an army or other fighting force that is composed of non-professional fighters; citizens of a nation or subjects of a state or government that can be called upon to enter a combat situation, as opposed to a professional force of regular soldiers or, historically, members of the fighting nobility. Some of the ways the term is used include: ⁕Defense activity or service, to protect a community, its territory, property, and laws. ⁕The entire able-bodied population of a community, town, county, or state, available to be called to arms. ⁕A subset of these who may be legally penalized for failing to respond to a call-up. ⁕A subset of these who actually respond to a call-up, regardless of legal obligation. ⁕A private, non-government force, not necessarily directly supported or sanctioned by its government. ⁕An official reserve army, composed of citizen soldiers. Called by various names in different countries such as; the Army Reserve, National Guard, or state defense forces. ⁕The national police forces in several former communist states such as the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact countries, but also in the non-aligned SFR Yugoslavia. The term was inherited in Russia, and other former CIS countries. See: Militia.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mi-lish′a, n. a body of men enrolled and drilled as soldiers, but only liable to home service: (U.S.) the whole body of citizens capable of bearing arms.—n. Milit′iaman, a man or soldier in the militia force. [L. militia—miles, militis.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a body of troops in the British service for home defence, the members of which have as a rule never served in the regular army, nor have, except for a short period each year, any proper military training.
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The numerical value of Militia in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Militia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Separate divisions of the (separatist) militia were subordinated to them.
They spray-painted (Shi’ite) on the gate to alert the other militia groups.
I ask, Who are the militia They consist now of the whole people, except for a few public officers.
The militia have started pulling back artillery units with a caliber greater than 100 millimeters in the south of the republic.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
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Translations for Militia
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- милиция, народное ополчениеRussian
- милиција, milicijaSerbo-Croatian
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