- a soldier armed with a pike.
Origin of pikeman
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Examples from the Web for pikeman
Another and another followed, but the fourth, a pikeman, drew his sword.The Young Cavalier
Percy F. Westerman
"There is a good deal to do in their way," said the first pikeman.Sybil
Here we tasted a dozen varieties of the delicious wine; and I began to have an exact idea of the pikeman's observation.
The "pikeman" grinned as they paid the toll and inquired the way to the renowned vineyards.
I asked what he meant, telling him that the pikeman owed me at least a shilling.Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa
Alfred W. Drayson
- (formerly) a soldier armed with a pike
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Word Origin and History for pikeman
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