Definition of musket in English:


Line breaks: mus¦ket
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌskɪt


  • An infantryman’s light gun with a long barrel, typically smooth-bored and fired from the shoulder: [as modifier]: a volley of musket fire
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    • She held a musket and fired several shots, each hitting their marks.
    • Instead, he saw the men walking calmly, saw them carefully scanning the terrain ahead of them, muskets ready to fire.
    • I tried to sleep, but the echo of the musket fire woke me from my light slumber and pierced my heart with panic.


late 16th century: from French mousquet, from Italian moschetto 'crossbow bolt', from mosca 'a fly'.

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