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An armed man pledged to be ready to fight on a minute's notice just before and during the Revolutionary War in the United States.


n, pl -men
1. (Historical Terms) (sometimes not capital) (in the War of American Independence) a colonial militiaman who promised to be ready to fight at one minute's notice
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a US three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile


(ˈmɪn ɪtˌmæn)

n., pl. -men.
(sometimes l.c.) a member of an American militia before and during the Revolutionary War who held themselves in readiness for instant military service.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Minuteman - an American militiaman prior to and during the American RevolutionMinuteman - an American militiaman prior to and during the American Revolution
militiaman - a member of the militia; serves only during emergencies
2.Minuteman - a strategic weapon system using a guided missile of intercontinental range; missiles are equipped with nuclear warheads and dispersed in hardened silos
ICBM, intercontinental ballistic missile - a ballistic missile that is capable of traveling from one continent to another
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If they release drunk illegal-alien drivers after they sober up, they're setting us up for more deaths of American citizens,'' said Frank Jorge, founder of the Antelope Valley Independent Minutemen, which organized Saturday's demonstration.
In his latest CRB column ("Migrant Thoughts," Summer 2006), Mark Helprin objects to the "febrile militia of Willie Nelson look-alikes" and "armed geezers," presumably referring to the Minutemen who have attracted much attention in the press since their month-long border-watch project in April 2005.
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The Minutemen are just the most visible sign of the growing public discontent with mass illegal immigration.