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noun Archaic.
  1. a person, especially a soldier, who uses or is armed with a pistol.
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Origin of pistoleer

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


  1. 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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