trainband

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Trainband \Train"band'\, noun; pl. {Trainbands}. A band or company of an organized military force instituted by James I. and dissolved by Charles II.; -- afterwards applied to the London militia. [Eng.]

He felt that, without some better protection than that of the trainbands and Beefeaters, his palace and person would hardly be secure. --Macaulay.

A trainband captain eke was he Of famous London town. --Cowper.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

trainband

noun

1: a company of militia in England or America from the 16th century to the 18th century


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