[ lahyt-ahrmd ]

  1. carrying light weapons: light-armed troops.

Origin of light-armed

First recorded in 1610–20

Words Nearby light-armed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use light-armed in a sentence

  • The kern or cateran of the Highlands was a light-armed infantryman, as opposed to the heavy-armed "gallowglass."

    Lady of the Lake | Sir Walter Scott
  • And this done, they flanked them on either side by troops of light-armed infantry, and crossbowmen, and unmounted lancers.

    Villani's Chronicle | Giovanni Villani
  • The Gaelic and Irish light-armed soldiers, the heavy-armed being known as gallowglasses.

    The Lady of the Lake | Sir Walter Scott
  • Against such doughty foemen stouter defences were needed than against the light-armed, leather-and-mail-clad chivalry of Islam.

    Spanish Arms and Armour | Albert F. Calvert
  • Through the rash descent of the light-armed on the right, the whole English army lost its vantage-ground.