or pis·to·lier


noun Archaic.

a person, especially a soldier, who uses or is armed with a pistol.

Origin of pistoleer

First recorded in 1825–35; pistol + -eer
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British Dictionary definitions for pistolier



obsolete a person, esp a soldier, who is armed with or fires a pistol
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Word Origin and History for pistolier

also pistoleer, 1570s from obsolete French pistolier, from pistole (see pistol).

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