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- n. An English militiaman of the Saxon period; often a land worker called to arms in support of the King or a local Lord. The fyrdmen were usually armed with either swords or spears.
From Old English fyrdmann, fierdmann ("warrior"), from fierd ("army") + mann ("man"). More at ferd, man. (Wiktionary)