Meaning of trainband in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtreɪnband/


  • A division of civilian soldiers in London and other areas, in particular in the Stuart period.

    ‘All night we heard beating of drums, and all the trainbands were up, but no restraint to the torrent.’
    • ‘He had been chosen lieutenant in the local trainband in 1729, at age 48.’
    • ‘When the fear of an alliance between the deposed Stuart and Louis XIV seized England, and her colonies, the trainbands in New York were required every day to go to the fort.’
    • ‘After them march the guilds and trades and trainbands.’
    • ‘In the late sixteenth century armed and trained militias (called trainbands) were formed in London to form the core of the national army for defence against the threat from Spain.’