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

 

combatant

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BrE BrE//ˈkɒmbətənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmbətənt//
 
 
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a person or group involved in fighting in a war or battle He was involved in the war, but not as a combatant. compare non-combatant Word Origin late Middle English (as an adjective used in heraldry to describe two lions facing one another with raised forepaws): from Old French, present participle of combatre ‘to fight’, from late Latin combattere, from com- ‘together with’ + battere, variant of Latin batuere ‘to fight’.
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