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[hawrs-muh n] /ˈhɔrs mən/
noun, plural horsemen.
a person who is skilled in riding a horse.
a person on horseback.
a person who owns, breeds, trains, or tends horses.
Origin of horseman
First recorded in 1175-1225, horseman is from the Middle English word horsman. See horse, -man
Related forms
underhorseman, noun, plural underhorsemen. Unabridged
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  • And then, by chance, the circle of Andy's sight embraced the body of a horseman.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Mr. horseman also joined the Conservatives in opposing the bill.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • It jarred him to hear this horseman refer to Allis as "the Porter gal."

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • We told her of the horseman we had just left; and led her back to the spot.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Just at this time, from a cross-road, emerged a horseman,—it was Maltravers.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for horseman


noun (pl) -men
a person who is skilled in riding or horsemanship
a person who rides a horse
Derived Forms
horsewoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for horseman

c.1200, from horse (n.) + man (n.).

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