from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. during the American War for Independence, a soldier who would fight for the Patriots at a minute's notice

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A militiaman who was to be ready to march at a moment's notice; -- a term used in the American Revolution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man ready at a minute's notice; specifically, during the American revolutionary period, one of a class of enrolled militiamen who held themselves in readiness for instant service in arms whenever summoned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an American militiaman prior to and during the American Revolution
  • n. a strategic weapon system using a guided missile of intercontinental range; missiles are equipped with nuclear warheads and dispersed in hardened silos


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  • Or to put the point more piquantly, one person's minuteman is another person's mujahideen.


  • The American hero is the cowboy: He is Maverick, he is Han Solo, he is Batman though, when Batman is in trouble, he turns on the Jack Bauer signal, he is the rag-tag minuteman fighting the well-trained Lobsterbacks.

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  • Mitchell (Sonny) English is a "minuteman" for the Illinois Department of Transportation, who considers his 9 p. m.-to-5 a.m. tour "the best shift going."

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  • One I remember very well is the C-5 that carried the first minuteman missile to be launched from the rear of the plane.

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  • As timely as a minuteman showing up to Concord at the Old North Bridge.

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  • This spellbinding historical fantasy, first of a series, takes Proctor Brown, ready minuteman and reluctant witch, through the opening battles of the American Revolution.

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  • Proctor Brown is a minuteman - and a witch, with power inherited from his mother.



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