Definitions for Militiamɪˈlɪʃ ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mi•li•tiamɪˈlɪʃ ə(n.)

  1. a body of citizens enrolled for military service, called out periodically for drill but serving full time only in emergencies.

  2. a body of citizen soldiers as distinguished from professional soldiers.

  3. all able-bodied males eligible by law for military service.

  4. a body of citizens organized in a paramilitary group and typically regarding themselves as defenders of individual rights against the presumed interference of the federal government.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of militia:

1580–90; < L mīlitia soldiery =mīlit-, s. of mīles soldier +-ia -ia

Princeton's WordNet

  1. militia, reserves(noun)

    civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army

  2. militia(noun)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. militia(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: From militia, from miles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Militia(noun)

    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

  2. Militia(noun)

    military service; warfare

Freebase

  1. Militia

    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.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Militia

    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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