- The definition of a militia is an army made up of regular citizens called to respond during an emergency.
An example of a militia is the Minutemen who volunteer to protect the U.S border.
- Archaic any military force
- later, any army composed of citizens rather than professional soldiers, called up in time of emergency
- ☆ in the U.S., all able-bodied male citizens between 18 and 45 years old who are not already members of the regular armed forces: members of the National Guard and of the Reserves (of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps) constitute the ; all others, the
- any of various disaffected groups of citizens that are organized as to resemble an army and that oppose the authority of the federal government
Origin: L, military service, soldiery from miles (gen. militis), soldier
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- An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.
- A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency.
- The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service.
Origin: Latin mīlitia, warfare, military service, from mīles, mīlit-, soldier.