trainband

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trainband a company of militia in England or America from the 16th century to the 18th century
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Trainband A band or company of an organized military force instituted by James I. and dissolved by Charles II.; -- afterwards applied to the London militia. "He felt that, without some better protection than that of the trainbands and Beefeaters, his palace and person would hardly be secure.""A trainband captain eke was he
      Of famous London town."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trainband A force of citizen soldiery identified with London; especially, one company or division of this force. The service rendered by the train-bands to the Parliament during the civil war caused their dissolution by Charles II., but the force was reorganized later, and continued for many years.
    • n trainband Sometimes used adjectively:
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Usage

In literature:

The trainbands of the City volunteered to march wherever their services might be required.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Let the trainbands be disciplined; let the navy be strengthened; and the country would be secure.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The trainbands of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey marched down to the coast.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Shew him the Trainbands of London on a field-day.
"A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay" by Watkin Tench
He had better have been mustering the trainbands of Lancashire.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
The governor and his guests go forth, like men bound upon some grave business, to inspect the trainbands of the town.
"Biographical Sketches" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
It was a law condemning to imprisonment and fine whosoever withdrew himself from the service of the trainbands.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
To-morrow you will deliver ten guns to the captain of the trainband at the court-house.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
Refinements of theology were quite as real and substantial to the Puritan mind as trainbands and fortifications.
"The Beginners of a Nation" by Edward Eggleston
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