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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: 'military service', from miles; MILITARY1

militia

noun
     
Related topics: Military
mi‧li‧tia [countable]
PM a group of people trained as soldiers, who are not part of the permanent army:
He joined the local militia as soon as he was 16.
a militia leader
a left-wing militia group

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