militia Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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militianoun [C, + sing/pl verb]

uk   us   /mɪˈlɪʃ.ə/
a ​militaryforce whose ​members are ​trainedsoldiers but who often have other ​jobs: A UN ​force was ​sent in to ​stopfighting between three ​rival militias. The ​government called out the militia to ​helpcope with the ​rioting.
(Definition of militia from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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militianoun [C]

 us   /məˈlɪʃ·ə/
a ​militaryforce that ​operates only some of the ​time and whose ​members are not ​soldiers in a ​permanentarmy: Each militia ​represents one of the country’s ​politicalfactions.
(Definition of militia from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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