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



BrE BrE//bəˈlɪdʒərənt//
; NAmE NAmE//bəˈlɪdʒərənt//
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(formal) a country or group that is fighting a war Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin belligerant- ‘waging war’, from the verb belligerare, from bellum ‘war’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: belligerent

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