combatant

Someone who fights, especially in a war, is a combatant. Sometimes entire countries are described as combatants during military conflicts.

Other names for a combatant are "fighter," "attacker," or "soldier." News stories are more likely to use this word to describe an adversary or enemy: "Enemy combatants ignored the cease fire." When they're talking about their own country's fighters, they might say "troops" or "soldiers." Combatant comes from the Old French combatant, "skilled at fighting" or "warlike."

Definitions of combatant
  1. noun
    someone who fights (or is fighting)
    synonyms: battler, belligerent, fighter, scrapper
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    defender, withstander
    a fighter who holds out against attack
    boxer, pugilist
    someone who fights with his fists for sport
    brawler
    a fighter (especially one who participates in brawls)
    butter
    a fighter who strikes the opponent with his head
    fencer, swordsman
    someone skilled at fencing
    gladiator
    (ancient Rome) a professional combatant or a captive who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat
    gouger
    an attacker who gouges out the antagonist's eye
    gamecock, hell-kite, hell-rooster
    someone who is a very fierce fighter
    mauler
    a fighter who batters the opponent
    skirmisher
    someone who skirmishes (e.g., as a member of a scouting party)
    street fighter, tough
    someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
    master, superior, victor
    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
    grappler, matman, wrestler
    combatant who tries to throw opponent to the ground
    bantamweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 119 pounds
    bantamweight
    weighs 115-126 pounds
    slogger, slugger
    a boxer noted for an ability to deliver hard punches
    conqueror, vanquisher
    someone who is victorious by force of arms
    featherweight
    weighs 126-139 pounds
    featherweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 126 pounds
    flyweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 112 pounds
    flyweight
    weighs no more than 115 pounds
    heavyweight
    a wrestler who weighs more than 214 pounds
    heavyweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 201 pounds
    junior featherweight
    weighs no more than 122 pounds
    junior lightweight
    weighs no more than 130 pounds
    junior middleweight
    weighs no more than 154 pounds
    junior welterweight
    weighs no more than 140 pounds
    light flyweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 106 pounds
    light heavyweight
    a wrestler who weighs 192-214 pounds
    light heavyweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 179 pounds
    light middleweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 156 pounds
    lightweight
    a wrestler who weighs 139-154 pounds
    lightweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 132 pounds
    light welterweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 140 pounds
    middleweight
    a wrestler who weighs 172-192 pounds
    middleweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 165 pounds
    gladiator, prizefighter
    a professional boxer
    puncher
    someone who delivers punches
    sparring mate, sparring partner
    a boxer who spars with another boxer who is training for an important fight
    palooka, stumblebum
    a second-rate prize fighter
    sumo wrestler
    a wrestler who participates in sumo (a Japanese form of wrestling)
    super heavyweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs more than 201 pounds
    welterweight
    a wrestler who weighs 154-172 pounds
    welterweight
    an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 148 pounds
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. adjective
    engaging in or ready for combat
    Synonyms:
    military
    associated with or performed by members of the armed services as contrasted with civilians
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