One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cavalry soldier whose principal weapon was a carbine.
- ‘Two carabineers took Carlos out of his bed and one of them butted him in the chest, which caused him to fall to the ground.’
- ‘Carabiniers were the elite of the heavy horse, and fought in most of Napoleon's greatest battles from Austerlitz to Waterloo.’
- ‘The two privileged regiments of Carabiniers survived the French Revolution with their elite status intact.’
- ‘Light infantry also had flank companies, though their grenadiers were known as carabiniers.’
Mid 17th century: from French carabinier, from carabine (see carbine).
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