noun mus·ter \ˈməs-tər\

: a formal military gathering to examine or test soldiers

Full Definition of MUSTER

:  a representative specimen :  sample
a :  an act of assembling; specifically :  formal military inspection
b :  critical examination
c :  an assembled group :  collection
d :  inventory

Examples of MUSTER

  1. <a muster of concerned citizens>
  2. <considering the muster of suggestions that were submitted for word of the year>

Origin of MUSTER

Middle English mustre, from Anglo-French mostre, monstre, from mustrer
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical



: to work hard to find or get (courage, support, etc.)

: to gather together (a group of people, soldiers, etc.) especially for battle or war

mus·teredmus·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of MUSTER

transitive verb
a :  to cause to gather :  convene
b :  to enroll formally —usually used with in or into <was mustered into the army>
c :  to call the roll of
a :  to bring together :  collect
b :  to call forth :  rouse
:  to amount to :  comprise
intransitive verb
:  to come together :  congregate

Examples of MUSTER

  1. They pushed the car with all the strength they could muster.
  2. <a command to muster the troops>

Origin of MUSTER

Middle English mustren to show, muster, from Anglo-French mustrer, monstrer, from Latin monstrare to show, from monstrum evil omen, monster — more at monster
First Known Use: 15th century

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