mus·​ke·​teer ˌmə-skə-ˈtir How to pronounce musketeer (audio)
: a soldier armed with a musket
[from the musketeers' friendship in the novel Les Trois Mousquetaires (1844) by Alexandre Dumas] : a good friend : buddy

Examples of musketeer in a Sentence

the two little musketeers were never seen apart
Recent Examples on the Web Allied with Athos, Porthos and Aramis, three musketeers of the king, D’Artagnan has to unravel a conspiracy set in motion by the villainous Cardinal of Richelieu. Brent Lang, Variety, 15 June 2023 The current version of the musketeer mascot was released during the 2004-05 basketball season. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 17 Mar. 2023 In one recent Twitter post Musk portrayed himself as a musketeer with both Kanye West and Donald Trump, who were both under fire at the time either for remarks that were outright antisemitic or in the case of the former president borrowed heavily from negative stereotypes. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 May 2023 And where's the fourth musketeer? NBC News, 9 Dec. 2021 While John Lennon and Paul McCartney generally seemed to be dressed for comfort, befitting long hours toiling in the studio, Ringo Starr showed up to one session in a lime-green pinstriped suit with a forest green musketeer shirt. Alex Williams, New York Times, 11 Dec. 2021 The face of the musketeer to the left of the captain has deteriorated so much that canvas threads are visible; meanwhile, black dots and discolored paint have marred other parts of the composition, the museum reports. Nora McGreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Dec. 2021 Brosnan’s take on Louis XIV is a velvet-clad, swashbuckling royal with a magnificent mane and plenty of eyeliner, a sort of modernist musketeer. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Widowmaker gets an elegant musketeer outfit this time around. Kris Holt, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History


modification of Middle French mousquetaire, from mousquet

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of musketeer was in 1590

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“Musketeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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mus·​ke·​teer ˌməs-kə-ˈti(ə)r How to pronounce musketeer (audio)
: a soldier armed with a musket

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