horse·​man | \ ˈhȯrs-mən How to pronounce horseman (audio) \

Definition of horseman

1 : a rider or driver of horses especially : one whose skill is exceptional
2 : a person skilled in caring for or managing horses
3 : a person who breeds or raises horses

Other Words from horseman

horsemanship \ ˈhȯrs-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce horseman (audio) \ noun

Examples of horseman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though only two winners of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile have gone on to win the Derby, there’s nothing like a top 2-year-old to spark a horseman’s imagination. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 7 Nov. 2021 Her English father had grown up in a grand house in Somerset and was a brilliant horseman. Francine Prose, The New York Review of Books, 22 Nov. 2018 Bold horseman gallop up a green hill into a swarm of spears. Will Bedingfield, Wired, 25 Oct. 2021 On the southern end of Gatorland are more photo opportunities, including a headless horseman, a way to look like a Gatorlandized grim reaper and an eerie set of jack-o’-lanterns. Dewayne Bevil,, 8 Oct. 2021 Veteran Orlando Repertory Theatre actor Stephen Pugh returns to play all the characters in this story of a horseman who’s just looking to get a head. Matthew J. Palm,, 29 Sep. 2021 Forced to take the backroads on their way to Texas, the unlikely pair face an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own sense of redemption. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 5 Aug. 2021 As an avid horseman, Blakely wears a cowboy hat, boots and shiny belt buckle. Ashley Remkus |, al, 6 July 2021 In another instance, when peers confronted him over homophobic remarks, the top horseman allegedly tried to hit two classmates with a belt and put one in a chokehold. Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of horseman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of horseman

: a person (especially a man) who rides horses
: a person (especially a man) who breeds or raises horses


horse·​man | \ ˈhȯrs-mən How to pronounce horseman (audio) \
plural horsemen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of horseman

1 : a horseback rider
2 : a person skilled in handling horses

Other Words from horseman

horsemanship \ -​ˌship \ noun

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