mus·​ke·​teer | \ ˌmə-skə-ˈtir How to pronounce musketeer (audio) \

Definition of musketeer

1 : a soldier armed with a musket
2 [from the musketeers' friendship in the novel Les Trois Mousquetaires (1844) by Alexandre Dumas] : a good friend : buddy

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Examples of musketeer in a Sentence

the two little musketeers were never seen apart
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First Known Use of musketeer

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for musketeer

modification of Middle French mousquetaire, from mousquet

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The first known use of musketeer was in 1590

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“Musketeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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mus·​ke·​teer | \ ˌmə-skə-ˈtir How to pronounce musketeer (audio) \

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: a soldier armed with a musket

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