Militia meaning

mə-lĭshə
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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.

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An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.
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A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency.
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The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service.
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Any of various disaffected groups of citizens that are organized as to resemble an army and that oppose the authority of the federal government.
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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.
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The national police force of certain countries (e.g. Russia, Ukraine).
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(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.
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Origin of militia

  • Latin mīlitia warfare, military service from mīles mīlit- soldier

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The use of "militia" rather than "police" to refer to the police force (of Russia and some other countries) originated among Russian communists.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin mÄ«litia (“army, military force/service"), from mÄ«les (“soldier").

    From Wiktionary