marks·​man | \ ˈmärks-mən How to pronounce marksman (audio) \

Definition of marksman

: a person skilled in shooting at a mark or target

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marksmanship \ ˈmärks-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce marksmanship (audio) \ noun

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only the best marksmen can hit the bull's-eye at 500 feet
Recent Examples on the Web Adding to Ovechkin’s profile as the game’s most dynamic marksman is that all of his goals came in the small-net era — as defined by humongous and overequipped goalies, and rosters stacked with an increasing amount of proficient skaters. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Will Alex Ovechkin be the last to reach 700 goals?," 15 Feb. 2020 Erich von Stroheim stars in this eerie low-budget thriller, as a vaudeville marksman whose aim is addled by lust for his young assistant (Mary Beth Hughes). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: Eighty-Three of the Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now," 10 Apr. 2020 Between 2013 and 2014, an eradication team of Norwegian marksmen removed almost seven thousand reindeer from the island and sold the meat to cruise ships. Lucy Jakub, Harper's magazine, "A View to a Krill," 2 Mar. 2020 Huckabay, who Dudley said is a veteran and marksman, made the one-shot kill. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Tarkington men shoot and kill massive, nearly 500-pound feral hog in Liberty County," 20 Feb. 2020 Dave was an accomplished artist, potter and marksman, as well as a faithful servant of God., "David Alan Wood," 7 Dec. 2019 The 6-foot-7 swingman is shooting 46% from the field and 43.9% from 3, a figure that puts him among the top six marksmen in the NBA. Joey Yashinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Former Michigan basketball sharpshooter Duncan Robinson to be in All-Star 3-point shootout," 5 Feb. 2020 Sport shooters, hunters, and target marksmen will each be hard-pressed to find a handgun with more value for the money. Field & Stream, "The 30 Best Handguns for Outdoorsmen," 17 Sep. 2019 The Toffees will hope the marksman is once again lacking accuracy on Saturday., "Everton vs Manchester City: 7 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Premier League Clash," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of marksman

1641, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2020

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“Marksman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of marksman

: a person (especially a man) who is skilled in shooting a gun at a target


marks·​man | \ ˈmärks-mən How to pronounce marksman (audio) \
plural marksmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of marksman

: a person who shoots well

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marksmanship \ -​ˌship \ noun

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