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musketeer

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Pronunciation: /mʌskɪˈtɪə
 
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Definition of musketeer in English:

noun

historical
1A soldier armed with a musket.
Example sentences
  • Effective as these weapons were, infantrymen still needed forked stands as props for aiming and firing; and since they were slow to load, pikemen had to be included in battalions to protect musketeers from enemy cavalry charges.
  • They equipped their troops as sailors, artillerists, musketeers as specified by the Crown.
  • Eliminating the match speeded up fire-drill significantly, but it also allowed the musketeers to be packed far more closely in their units.
2A member of the household troops of the French king in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Example sentences
  • ‘Indeed my Lady, it was taken from a French musketeer just minutes after I had killed him,’ he swung it in the air several times, watching with a boyish smile as the nuns cringed.
  • The series follows the life of the musketeers as they train at the musketeer's academy in order to protect France's Sun King, who became monarch at the age of five.
  • Apparently, King Louis XIII's loyal musketeers have been disgraced and now hide out among the townspeople.

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