Dictionary.com miÂ·liÂ·tia /mÉªËˆlÉªÊƒÉ™/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[mi-lish-uh] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation â€“noun 1. a body of citizens enrolled for military service, and called out periodically for drill but serving full time only in emergencies. 2. a body of citizen soldiers as distinguished from professional soldiers. 3. all able-bodied males considered by law eligible for military service. 4. a body of citizens organized in a paramilitary group and typically regarding themselves as defenders of individual rights against the presumed interference of the federal government.
1590, "system of military discipline," from L. militia "military service, warfare," from miles "soldier" (see military). Sense of "citizen army" (as distinct from professional soldiers) is first recorded 1696, perhaps from Fr. milice. In U.S. history, "the whole body of men declared by law amenable to military service, without enlistment, whether armed and drilled or not" (1777).
Righteo, Americanos, kindly explain to an outsider, why the well-regulated militia section is dismissed, and individual gun ownership reigns supreme. Is the National Guard regarded as militia? Or does the second dictionary meaning get quoted as gospel violating the 'well-regulated' section of the Second Amendment?