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man-at-arms

[man-uh t-ahrmz] /ˈmæn ətˈɑrmz/
noun, plural men-at-arms.
1.
a soldier.
2.
a heavily armed soldier on horseback, especially in medieval times.
Origin of man-at-arms
1325-1375
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75
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  • A man-at-arms lounged out of the guardhouse to inquire our business.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Meanwhile he snatched the only one at hand from the man-at-arms that carried it.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • For my Captain had his notion of rank and place, as a man-at-arms should have.

    Marjorie Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Every man-at-arms is one of its fingers, and there are thousands of them.

  • He was in one her physician, her spiritual director, her man-at-arms.

  • He was about to reply when a man-at-arms entered and whispered to Ugolini.

  • He was about to go and knock, pretending to be a man-at-arms with a message.

  • But it is not only the man-at-arms who travels on his belly—the nation at war does the same.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • In a word, he was transformed from the penman into the captain and man-at-arms.

    Voltaire John Morley
  • Meanwhile Cecchino had become a man-at-arms of the Duke, who had taken him to Rome.

    Isabella Orsini

    Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi
British Dictionary definitions for man-at-arms

man-at-arms

noun (pl) men-at-arms
1.
a soldier, esp a heavily armed mounted soldier in medieval times
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