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[kraws-boh-muh n, -boh-, kros-]
noun, plural cross·bow·men.
  1. (in medieval warfare) a soldier armed with a crossbow.
  2. a person equipped with or skilled in the use of a crossbow.
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Origin of crossbowman

First recorded in 1490–1500; crossbow + -man
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Examples from the Web for crossbowman

Historical Examples

  • He turned back to the Venetian crossbowman and shouted, "Stand aside!"

    The Saracen: Land of the Infidel

    Robert Shea

  • The crossbowman said, He would not spare you in a like case.

  • He was famous as a crossbowman, could shoot an arrow with great precision.

  • The tent flap was pushed aside, and a Venetian crossbowman backed in holding one end of Rachel's traveling chest.

  • A crossbowman sat on the ground at the entrance to the blue and yellow striped tent.