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 organized militia; all others, the unorganized militia
- 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 of militiaL, military service, soldiery ; from miles (gen. militis), soldier
- 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 of militiaLatin mīlitia, warfare, military service, from mīles, mīlit-, soldier.
- (in particular) An army of trained civilians, which may be an official reserve army, called upon in time of need, the entire able-bodied population of a state which may also be called upon, or a private force not under government control.
- The national police force of certain countries (e.g. Russia, Ukraine).
From Latin mÄ«litia (“army, military force/service"), from mÄ«les (“soldier").
The use of "militia" rather than "police" to refer to the police force (of Russia and some other countries) originated among Russian communists.