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



BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪtmæn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪtmæn//
(pl. Minutemen
BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪtmen//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪtmen//
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(during the American Revolution) a member of a group of men who were not soldiers but who were ready to fight immediately when they were needed Culture Minutemen said they were ready to fight with only a minute's warning. Minutemen from Massachusetts fought at the battles of Lexington and Concord at the start of the war, and similar groups were also formed in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maryland.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Minuteman