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[rahy-fuh l-muh n] /ˈraɪ fəl mən/
noun, plural riflemen.
a soldier armed with a rifle.
a person skilled in the use of a rifle.
Origin of rifleman
An Americanism dating back to 1765-75; rifle1 + -man
Related forms
riflemanship, noun Unabridged
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  • The rifleman kept running, seeming not to hear him in his panic.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Grierson was made a prisoner, but was killed by a Georgia rifleman.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • "That is the governor's fortification," replied the rifleman.

  • That little, white member, as the rifleman grasped it, was like the poles of a battery.

    The Riflemen of the Miami Edward S. Ellis
  • Before wading it, the rifleman paused on its banks as if in deep thought.

    The Riflemen of the Miami Edward S. Ellis
  • "Don't let me hear that agin," said the rifleman, rising to his feet.

    The Riflemen of the Miami Edward S. Ellis
  • "We will not reach home to-night," said the rifleman, speaking to Edith.

    The Riflemen of the Miami Edward S. Ellis
  • All had culminated, of course, in another passion for a rifleman called Lynch.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for rifleman


noun (pl) -men
a person skilled in the use of a rifle, esp a soldier
Also called titipounamu. a wren, Acanthisitta chloris, of New Zealand: family Xenicidae See also bush wren
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rifleman

1775, from rifle (n.) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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