Meaning of “combatant” in the English Dictionary

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"combatant" in British English

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combatantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒm.bə.tənt/ us /ˈkɑːm.bə.tənt/ formal

Examples from literature

  • Some of the cowboys rushed into the corral and with shouts and cries endeavored to separate the combatants. 
  • The archers of the guard rushed in, as was their duty, and separated the remaining combatants. 
  • The new Commander-in-Chief on the Western front, and his new Chief of Staff, inspire confidence in all ranks, combatant and non-combatant. 
  • The victory was still undecided, though the combatants seemed to groan with each breath they drew. 
  • You proved by your words and conduct that you were not a combatant, and you are at liberty to depart when you please. 

(Definition of “combatant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"combatant" in American English

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combatantnoun [ C ]

us /kəmˈbæt·ənt, ˈkɑm·bə·t̬ənt/

a person who fights in a war

(Definition of “combatant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)