One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A soldier armed with a musket.
- ‘Pikemen stood on guard with their 16 feet long weapons and musketeers cleaned their matchlock muskets ready for the later mock battles.’
- ‘They equipped their troops as sailors, artillerists, musketeers as specified by the Crown.’
- ‘The re-enactments by members of the English Civil War Society will feature musketeers, pikemen and cavalry, with the occasional cannon shot.’
- ‘Eliminating the match speeded up fire-drill significantly, but it also allowed the musketeers to be packed far more closely in their units.’
- ‘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.’
2A member of the household troops of the French king in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- ‘Apparently, King Louis XIII's loyal musketeers have been disgraced and now hide out among the townspeople.’
- ‘They all protect the young king, who lives vicariously through the musketeers ' exploits.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘In that famous clash in Flanders in 1745, aristocratic officers from both the British and French armies strolled between the lines of musketeers, chivalrously inviting the other side to fire first.’
- ‘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.’
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