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A soldier in the artillery; a gunner.
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(Military) (formerly) a soldier who served and fired a cannon; artilleryman
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(ˌkæn əˈnɪər)

an artilleryman.
[< Middle French canonnier]
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Noun1.cannoneer - a serviceman in the artillerycannoneer - a serviceman in the artillery  
military man, serviceman, man, military personnel - someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force; "two men stood sentry duty"
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References in classic literature ?
The baffled cannoneer had fired him a random farewell.
Not a rifleman in those crouching ranks, not a cannoneer at those masked and shotted guns, but knows the needs of the situation, the imperative duty of forbearance.
You were a cannoneer that day there, and you were among the first to enter the accursed fortress when it fell.
A battery of artillery followed, the cannoneers riding with folded arms on limber and caisson.
There are some cannoneers nearly as noisy as their own guns.
The 10-story building, located at 135 Emerson Place between Myrtle and Willoughby Avenues, will hold 260 beds for Institute students, and will replace the 190 beds at Cannoneer Court.
Prescient Ferneze has correctly suspected that Barabas will blow up the monastery and positioned one of his soldiers there to ignite the gunpowder on the arranged signal of discharged cannon from the tower, whose cannoneer understands that he must light the fuse if he hears a trumpet blowing a charge.
Here's a large mouth indeed, That spits forth death and mountains, rocks and seas [...] What cannoneer begot this lusty blood?
I ended up being activated and making a tour of duty in Vietnam as a cannoneer. Throughout this time, I was in turmoil about my beliefs and values.
Count Alfred Korzybski, a cavalry officer forced out of combat by wounds, limped onto American soil, a tyro cannoneer, a trained mathematician, a skilled polyglot; indeed, a man whose life up to that point might well have been lifted from a Tolstoy plot.
I was trained as a cannoneer and received an honorable discharge in 1976.