Definition of militia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//məˈlɪʃə//
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlɪʃə//
[singular + singular or plural verb] Conflict
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a group of people who are not professional soldiers but who have had military training and can act as an army See related entries: Conflict Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘military service’, from miles, milit- ‘soldier’.Extra examples He said he would call out the state militia if the rebels did not surrender. The anarchists started to form volunteer militias. a highly armed militia
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: militia