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[mahrks-muh n]
noun, plural marks·men.
  1. a person who is skilled in shooting at a mark; a person who shoots well.
  2. Military.
    1. the lowest rating in rifle marksmanship, below that of sharpshooter and expert.
    2. a person who has achieved such a rating.
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Origin of marksman

First recorded in 1645–55; mark1 + 's1 + -man
Related formsmarks·man·ship, noun

Usage note

See -man.
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noun plural -men
  1. a person skilled in shooting
  2. a serviceman selected for his skill in shooting, esp for a minor engagement
  3. a qualification awarded in certain armed services for skill in shooting
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Derived Formsmarksmanship, nounmarkswoman, fem n
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Word Origin and History for marksmanship


1823, from marksman + -ship.

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1650s, from mark (n.1) in Middle English sense of "target" + man; with genitive -s. Earlier form was markman (1570s).

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