trainband

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train·band

 (trān′bănd′)
n.
A company of trained militia in England or America from the 16th to the 18th century.

[Contraction of trained band.]

trainband

(ˈtreɪnˌbænd)
n
(Historical Terms) a company of English militia from the 16th to the 18th century
[C17: altered from trained band]

train•band

(ˈtreɪnˌbænd)

n.
a company of English militia in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
[1620–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trainband - a company of militia in England or America from the 16th century to the 18th centurytrainband - a company of militia in England or America from the 16th century to the 18th century
company - small military unit; usually two or three platoons
militia, reserves - civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
trainbandsman - a member of a trainband
References in classic literature ?
Indeed, I have observed, though it may seem unaccountable to the reader, that this guard of prudence, like the trained bands, is always readiest to go on duty where there is the least danger.
Hence, child,' says she, 'man a Newgate-bird becomes a great man, and we have,' continued she, 'several justices of the peace, officers of the trained bands, and magistrates of the towns they live in, that have been burnt in the hand.
In 1648 he moved to Cambridge, where he was appointed Captain of the Trained Band, a position he held for the next 40 years.