[hawrs-muh n]

noun, plural horse·men.

a person who is skilled in riding a horse.
a person on horseback.
a person who owns, breeds, trains, or tends horses.

Origin of horseman

First recorded in 1175–1225, horseman is from the Middle English word horsman. See horse, -man
Related formsun·der·horse·man, noun, plural un·der·horse·men. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for horseman

Contemporary Examples of horseman

Historical Examples of horseman

  • And then, by chance, the circle of Andy's sight embraced the body of a horseman.

  • Mr. Horseman also joined the Conservatives in opposing the bill.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It jarred him to hear this horseman refer to Allis as "the Porter gal."


    W. A. Fraser

  • We told her of the horseman we had just left; and led her back to the spot.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Just at this time, from a cross-road, emerged a horseman,—it was Maltravers.

British Dictionary definitions for horseman


noun plural -men

a person who is skilled in riding or horsemanship
a person who rides a horse
Derived Formshorsewoman, fem n
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Word Origin and History for horseman

c.1200, from horse (n.) + man (n.).

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