from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Fighting or warring.
- adj. Having a combative character; aggressive, especially in the service of a cause: a militant political activist.
- n. A fighting, warring, or aggressive person or party.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. aggressive or combative
- adj. fighting or warlike; belligerent
- adj. Active in an aggressive way in support of a political or social cause (often associated with extreme left-wing politics).
- n. An aggressive or fighting person.
- n. One who serves as a soldier.
- n. One who supports a Trotskyite political view or engages in aggressive left-wing politics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Engaged in warfare; fighting; combating; serving as a soldier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fighting; warring; engaged in warfare; pertaining to warfare or conflict.
- Having a combative character or tendency; warlike.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. disposed to warfare or hard-line policies
- adj. engaged in war
- n. a militant reformer
- adj. showing a fighting disposition
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mīlitāns, mīlitant-, present participle of mīlitāre, to serve as a soldier; see militate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin militare ("to serve as a soldier") (Wiktionary)