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[man-uh t-ahrmz] /ˈmæn ətˈɑrmz/
noun, plural men-at-arms.
a soldier.
a heavily armed soldier on horseback, especially in medieval times.
Origin of man-at-arms
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • No other man-at-arms would dare to stay behind then, or he would have been quickly taken and slain without waiting.

    Flemish Legends Charles de Coster
  • A man-at-arms lounged out of the guardhouse to inquire our business.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Again I met Max with a man-at-arms in the passageway outside my cell door, and we all went up the steps together.

  • Meanwhile he snatched the only one at hand from the man-at-arms that carried it.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • As a man-at-arms he should have ridden behind the count, but force of habit made him careless and Valbroso paid no heed.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • In a word, he was transformed from the penman into the captain and man-at-arms.

    Voltaire John Morley
  • Sore wounded upon one thigh was now the man-at-arms, and his steed plunged viciously to one side.

    With the Black Prince William Osborn Stoddard
  • Meanwhile Cecchino had become a man-at-arms of the Duke, who had taken him to Rome.

    Isabella Orsini Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi
  • Someone told the King that a strange man without a squire or even a man-at-arms was sitting before the Palace under an olive tree.

  • "I was sure that Robin Hood would be among them," he said to the man-at-arms at his side.

    Stories of Robin Hood Bertha E. Bush
British Dictionary definitions for man-at-arms


noun (pl) men-at-arms
a soldier, esp a heavily armed mounted soldier in medieval times
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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