n [CGp] force of civilians who are trained as soldiers and reinforce the regular army in the internal defence of the country in an emergency 民兵队伍; 国民自卫队.
[Date: 1500-1600; Language: Latin;Origin:'military service', from miles; MILITARY1]
a group of people trained as soldiers, who are not part of the permanent army
He joined the local militia as soon as he was 16.
a militia leader
a left-wing militia group