Definition of matchlock in US English:



  • A type of gun with a lock in which a piece of wick or cord is placed for igniting the powder.

    as modifier ‘matchlock guns’
    • ‘The discovery of gun powder by the Chinese lead to the development of the matchlock musket.’
    • ‘The matchlock is one of the very earliest forms of firearms.’
    • ‘A simple lesson, but one a man might forget in a pinch: Their rifles are matchlocks.’
    • ‘His followers had matchlocks, spears, swords, bows and arrows.’
    • ‘The infantry of early modern Europe combined the fire of gunpowder weapons - first the arquebus and then the matchlock musket - and the shock of cold steel.’