Definition of carabineer in English:

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carabineer

Pronunciation: /ˌkarəbɪˈnɪə/
(also carabinier)

noun

historical
A cavalry soldier whose principal weapon was a carbine.
Example sentences
  • Light infantry also had flank companies, though their grenadiers were known as carabiniers.
  • Two carabineers took Carlos out of his bed and one of them butted him in the chest, which caused him to fall to the ground.
  • Carabiniers were the elite of the heavy horse, and fought in most of Napoleon's greatest battles from Austerlitz to Waterloo.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French carabinier, from carabine (see carbine).

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