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countryman

[kuhn-tree-muh n] /ˈkʌn tri mən/
noun, plural countrymen.
1.
a native or inhabitant of one's own country.
2.
a native or inhabitant of a particular region.
3.
a person who lives in the country.
4.
an unsophisticated person, as one who lives in or comes from a rural area; rustic.
Origin of countryman
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English contre man. See country, man1
Synonyms
1. compatriot, fellow citizen, landsman. 3. rustic, farmer, peasant.
Antonyms
1. foreigner.
Usage note
See -man.
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  • There are many of my countrymen, who, I doubt not, feel as I do.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • His countrymen were the first to press steam into the active service of mankind.

  • They were, however, quite as well versed in stealing as their countrymen.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • But that is not so astonishing as those servant girls, or our own countrymen, said Johnson.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • "Your countrymen are probably glad to have peace," he answered.

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
British Dictionary definitions for countrymen

countryman

/ˈkʌntrɪmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person who lives in the country
2.
a person from a particular country or from one's own country (esp in the phrase fellow countryman)
Derived Forms
countrywoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for countrymen

countryman

n.

late 13c., from country + man (n.).

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