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
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Pearson was a man of some consideration, being a representative to the General Court and an approved lieutenant in the trainbands, yet within a week after his adoption of Ilbrahim he had been both hissed and hooted.