verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- mustard operation,
- mustard plaster,
- muster day,
- muster in,
- muster roll,
- to pass a cursory inspection.
- to measure up to a certain standard; be adequate: Your grades don't pass muster.
Origin of muster
- muster into enlist into military service
- muster outto discharge from military service
Word Origin for muster
c.1300, "to display, reveal, appear," from Old French mostrer "appear, show, reveal," also in a military sense (10c., Modern French montrer), from Latin monstrare "to show," from monstrum "omen, sign" (see monster). Meaning "to collect, assemble" is early 15c.; figurative use (of qualities, etc.) is from 1580s. To muster out "gather to be discharged from military service" is 1834, American English. To muster up in the figurative and transferred sense of "gather, summon, marshal" is from 1620s. Related: Mustered; mustering.
late 14c., "action of showing, manifestation," from Old French mostre "illustration, proof; examination, inspection" (13c., Modern French montre), literally "that which is shown," from mostrer (see muster (v.)). Meaning "act of gathering troops" is from c.1400. To pass musters (1570s) originally meant "to undergo military review without censure."
Enlist in military service. For example, They were mustered in at Fort Dix. The antonym is muster out, meaning “to leave or be discharged from military service,” as in He was mustered out and given a dishonorable discharge. [First half of 1800s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with muster
- muster in
- pass muster