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1. A soldier armed with a musket.
2. A member of the French royal household bodyguard in the 1600s and 1700s.

[French mousquetaire, from mousquet, musket; see musket.]


(Historical Terms) (formerly) a soldier armed with a musket


(ˌmʌs kɪˈtɪər)

a soldier armed with a musket.
[1580–90; musket + -eer; compare French mousquetaire, derivative of mousquet musket]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.musketeer - a foot soldier armed with a musketmusketeer - a foot soldier armed with a musket  
musketry - musketeers and their muskets collectively
foot soldier, footslogger, infantryman, marcher - fights on foot with small arms
جُنْدي مُشاه
tüfekli asker


[ˌmʌskɪˈtɪəʳ] Nmosquetero m


nMusketier m


(ˈmaskit) noun
an old type of gun once carried by foot-soldiers.
ˌmuskeˈteer noun
a soldier armed with a musket.
References in classic literature ?
The center of the most animated group was a Musketeer of great height and haughty countenance, dressed in a costume so peculiar as to attract general attention.
Yes; about in the same manner," said another Musketeer, "that I bought this new purse with what my mistress put into the old one.
This other Musketeer formed a perfect contrast to his interrogator, who had just designated him by the name of Aramis.
asked another Musketeer, without addressing anyone in particular, but on the contrary speaking to everybody.
Seeing, however, no one there except a musketeer of his own troop, he fixed his eyes upon the supposed soldier, in whose dress, nevertheless, he recognized at the first glance the cardinal.
He took the opportunity of calling out his guard, the Swiss troops and the musketeers, and he had planted them round the Palais Royal, on the quays, and on the Pont Neuf.
In fact, about four o'clock they were all concentrated about the Palais Royal, the courts and ground floors of which were filled with musketeers and Swiss guards, and there awaited the outcome of all this disturbance.
said the musketeer, laughing, "and do we write no more poems now, either?
murmured the musketeer, aside; "that is, I am boring you, my friend.
I am going," said D'Artagnan, imparting to his voice an evident tone of curiosity; for Aramis's annoyance, well dissembled as it was, had not a whit escaped him; and he knew that, in that impenetrable mind, every thing, even the most apparently trivial, was designed to some end; an unknown one, but an end that, from the knowledge he had of his friend's character, the musketeer felt must be important.
Sire, when traveling, the musketeers supply all the posts of your majesty's household; that is to say, yours, her majesty the queen's, and monsieur le cardinal's, the latter of whom borrows of the king the best part, or rather the most numerous part, of the royal guard.
That is the cause of this embarrassment; that is the cause of this hesitation; that is the cause of this order -- `Monsieur the lieutenant of my musketeers, be on horseback to-morrow at four o'clock in the morning.