One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soldier, especially one heavily armed and mounted on horseback.
fighter, serviceman, servicewoman, fighting man, fighting woman, comrade-in-arms, warrior, trooperView synonyms
- ‘The remaining men-at-arms wear mail and fabric, and there are some items of metal armour to be seen.’
- ‘A dozen French notables, including the Constable of France, died, together with perhaps 1,500 knights and 4,500 men-at-arms.’
- ‘Medieval English archers were sometimes mounted to enable them to keep pace with men-at-arms, and dragoons, who eventually became cavalry proper, were initially foot soldiers mounted on cheap nags.’
- ‘Under this system, the lords are afforded sustenance and men-at-arms from those beneath them on the hierarchy ladder, while those below are afforded protection by those above.’
- ‘Fighting in that country during the feudal period was considered to be the work of professional men-at-arms.’
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