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militianoun [C, + sing/pl verb]

uk   /mɪˈlɪʃ.ə/ us   /məˈlɪʃ.ə/
a military force whose members are trained soldiers but who often have other jobs: A UN force was sent in to stop fighting between three rival militias. The government called out the militia to help cope 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 military force that operates only some of the time and whose members are not soldiers in a permanent army: Each militia represents one of the country’s political factions.
(Definition of militia from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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