[man-uh t-ahrmz]

noun, plural men-at-arms.

a soldier.
a heavily armed soldier on horseback, especially in medieval times.

Origin of man-at-arms

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for man-at-arms

Historical Examples of man-at-arms

  • A man-at-arms lounged out of the guardhouse to inquire our business.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Meanwhile he snatched the only one at hand from the man-at-arms that carried it.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • For my Captain had his notion of rank and place, as a man-at-arms should have.


    Justin Huntly McCarthy

  • Every man-at-arms is one of its fingers, and there are thousands of them.

  • He was in one her physician, her spiritual director, her man-at-arms.

British Dictionary definitions for man-at-arms


noun plural men-at-arms

a soldier, esp a heavily armed mounted soldier in medieval times
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