Definition of pikeman in English:

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pikeman

Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪkmən/

noun (plural pikemen)

historical
1The keeper of a turnpike.
Example sentences
  • However, at most gates they would employ a pikeman to collect the tolls and would allow for this cost in their bid for the lease.
  • The work of the pikemen they employed is described in evidence to a Select Committee in 1836.
2A soldier armed with a pike.
Example sentences
  • He organised his troops, placing the shields before the pikemen and the spearmen.
  • The firepower of an infantry company was increased by a third as the pikemen were phased out and issued with muskets and bayonets.
  • He was an unlimited supreme commander, but he also risked loss of blood along with his most humble pikeman.

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