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

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Other Words from horseman

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

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Lee, who would emerge as one of George Washington’s great cavalry officers, was also said to have been a master horseman at the age of 3. Alan Pell Crawford, WSJ, "‘Light-Horse Harry Lee’ Review: Wedded to His Sword," 3 Feb. 2019 Thank you to all of the dedicated horseplayers, horsemen, owners, front-side personnel and fans for your participation and support of Golden Gate Fields. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Count Fleet comes in at No. 4 in Triple Crown ratings," 7 June 2018 As a flurry of horsemen, onlookers and reporters bustled around the backside in search of the next Derby and Oaks stars, Fierro led his horse back to Foley's stable covered in dust, content to retreat to behind the scenes. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Churchill Downs exercise rider uses horses as 'therapy' to beat cancer," 3 May 2018 Through the 1970s and into the ‘80s, there were only about a half-dozen such races in the U.S. The Western States began as a trail ride for horsemen in the mid-1950s until, in 1974, someone got the idea to try it by foot. David Wharton,, "Ultra running can mean extreme heat, mountain climbs and, oh yeah, look out for those trees," 14 June 2018 Bonham, the horseman who to-day braved Gen. Santa Anna's encirclement of the Alamo, is a South Carolinian who made his way to Texas last November. Robert Kolarik, San Antonio Express-News, "An answer from Goliad," 2 Mar. 2018 Within days, the horses and horsemen abandoned Narragansett for other racetracks. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 Saturday’s rally in Meskel Square, however, went off without a hitch and featured horsemen, traditional warrior dress and about 100,000 people to welcome the OLF leaders. Paul Schemm, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopia’s ethnic divides rock capital," 17 Sep. 2018 Four skeletal horsemen of the Apocalypse ride out of a piece of wood at the San Diego County Fair's Design in Wood exhibit, their black capes and the horses' manes looking tossed by the wind. Barbara Henry,, "Fair's Design in Wood exhibit a feast for the eyes," 7 June 2018

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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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