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.