musketeer

[muhs-ki-teer]
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Origin of musketeer

1580–90; musket + -eer; compare French mousquetaire, equivalent to mousquet musket + -aire -ary
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musketeer

noun
  1. (formerly) a soldier armed with a musket
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Word Origin and History for musketeer
n.

"soldier armed with a musket," 1580s, from musket + -eer, or else from French mousquetaire, from mousquette (see musket).

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