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[kuh m-bat-nt, kom-buh-tuh nt, kuhm-] /kəmˈbæt nt, ˈkɒm bə tənt, ˈkʌm-/
a nation engaged in active fighting with enemy forces.
a person or group that fights.
combating; fighting:
the combatant armies.
disposed to combat; combative.
Origin of combatant
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English combataunt < Middle French combatant. See combat, -ant
Related forms
precombatant, noun
uncombatant, adjective Unabridged
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  • The initial clash brings combatants flying toward a thunderous embrace.
  • But, not all combatants had armor to train in year around.
  • The debt-ceiling combatants, on the other hand, are not stakeholders.
  • The duel, however, attracted considerable attention at the time owing to the reputation of the combatants.
  • It involved parrots and fruit trees, two groups of species familiar to us but not thought of as fierce combatants.
  • When the conflict progressed to a physical level, people all around intervened, separating the combatants.
  • It is illegal to harm noncombatants, unless as the unintended consequence of fights between combatants.
  • They pleaded guilty as combatants and were each fined several thousand dollars.
  • Although neither of the combatants was known as a swordsman, épées were chosen as the weapons.
  • We long ago needed a clear legal system for dealing with enemy combatants.
British Dictionary definitions for combatants


/ˈkɒmbətənt; ˈkʌm-/
a person or group engaged in or prepared for a fight, struggle, or dispute
engaged in or ready for combat
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Word Origin and History for combatants


mid-15c. (adj.), late 15c. (n.), from Old French combatant (Modern French combattant) "skilled at fighting, warlike" (also used as a noun in Old French), present participle adjective of combattre (see combat (v.)).

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