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mɪˈlɪʃ əmili·ti·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. militia, reservesnoun

    civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army

  2. militianoun

    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


  1. militianoun

    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. Etymology: From militia, from miles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Militianoun

    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. Militianoun

    military service; warfare

  3. Etymology: [L., military service, soldiery, fr. miles, militis, soldier: cf. F. milice.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Militia

    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. militiamiles, militis.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. militia

    A military force raised by ballot.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. militia

    From the Latin miles, a “soldier,” a term which was formerly synonymous with “military,” or the whole fighting force of a country, but in modern times has come to signify the domestic force for the defense of a nation, as distinguished from the regular army, which can be employed at home or abroad in either aggressive or defensive operations. Every nation has a reserve, under its law military, upon which its defense would fall on the discomfiture of the regular army; but the system differs in each country. France has her Gardes Nationaux, Prussia the Landwehr and Landsturm, and similar organizations exist in other European states. It also comprehends the volunteer organizations of Great Britain and the United States. The laws of the United States require the enrollment into the militia of all able-bodied males between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years, with certain exceptions specified in general and State laws. The militia of each State is required to be arranged into companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, and divisions, as the Legislature of the State may direct, and it shall be subject to military duty and shall serve a definite time. These organizations are to be officered by the respective States, the grades and number of officers being named in the laws requiring enrollment. The Constitution of the United States has given the power to Congress to provide for “calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions.” Congress by legislation has given the President the authority to call forth the militia under certain exigencies, as has been frequently done. When called into actual service of the United States, the militia receive pay from the government, and are subject to the Rules and Articles of War. The militia is therefore a part and parcel of the army of the United States, although in common use the term is limited to mean the regular army alone. The organized militia of the United States numbers 125,906 men, the number of men available for military duty unorganized, is 6,598,105.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of militia in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of militia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of militia in a Sentence

  1. Vladimir Putin:

    We should finally acknowledge that no one but President Assad’s armed forces and (Kurdish) militia are truly fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in Syria.

  2. Yogananda Pittman:

    We knew that militia groups and white supremacists organizations would be attending, we also knew that some of these participants were intending to bring firearms and other weapons to the event.

  3. Tom Kellerman:

    After that foothold is established, the malicious code, the real hackers get to work and grow out from there. Russian President Vladimir Putin's government denies direct involvement, but Russian intelligence is thought to routinely use cyber gangs to do its bidding and to create plausible deniability. Within the former Soviet bloc, Russian-speaking hackers pay homage as cyber-militia members to the regime in Russia, they act as proxies … when called upon to leverage their sophisticatedtool sets and attack against victims in the U.S.

  4. Al Hussein:

    The scale and types of sexual violence - primarily by Government SPLA forces and affiliated militia – are described in searing, devastating detail, as is the almost casual, yet calculated, attitude of those slaughtering civilians and destroying property and livelihoods.

  5. Defense Mark Esper:

    The Iraqis have a responsibility to the United States and all countries who have embassies in that country to defend, provide the outer security for the embassy and we expect United States to do that. That was communicated to United States by our senior leaders, by Secretary Pompeo and United States've committed to doing that. I think United States performance has greatly improved in the last 24 hours, i've made the point over and over again that they need to do more internally within The Iraqis to address these Iran sponsored militia groups and stop their attacks on United States and coalition forces and they need to investigate the attacks and help us to account the preparators, we haven't seen sufficient action on their part and they certainly need to help reinforce and defend the embassy but they need to get left of the problem and stop these attacks from happening and they get the Iranian influence out of their country.

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