mus·ke·teer | \ˌməs-kə-ˈtir \

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

Examples of musketeer in a Sentence

the two little musketeers were never seen apart

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All for one, and one for all: the Marlboro musketeers. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Leave No Trace” and “Three Identical Strangers”," 21 June 2018 Camus was considered the third Existentialist musketeer. Longreads, "When Sartre and Beauvoir Started a Magazine," 10 Apr. 2018 These three musketeers are perhaps the most endearing personalities among the doc's uniformly likable bunch. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Inventing Tomorrow': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 24 Jan. 2018 Fitting right in with blind mice, musketeers, stooges, little pigs, & amigos. Leanna Commins, Cosmopolitan, "13 Things to Know About Erin Hamlin, Team USA's Medal-Winning Luger," 8 Jan. 2018 At Hottinger & Partners, his boy-made-good banter paired well with his new colleague, Clermont-Tonnerre, who resembles a modern-day musketeer—tall, suave, and hailing from one of France’s best-known aristocratic families. Liam Vaughan,, "He Stole $100 Million From His Clients. Now He’s Living in Luxury on the Côte d’Azur," 18 Dec. 2017 The happy couple received their third musketeer in the summer of 2014, as Luis Suarez moved to Catalunya from Liverpool and resurrected the nostalgic social media acronym: MSN., "He Came, He Scored, He Left: Looking Into the Legacy That Neymar Leaves Behind at Barcelona," 4 Aug. 2017 Most are familiar with The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, in which young D’Artagnan leaves home to seek glory as a musketeer. Hugh Hunter,, "Bet you don't know this Three Musketeers story," 16 July 2017 The three musketeers themselves — actors Alexander Sovronsky, Zack Robidas, and Ian Merrill Peakes — are a steady comic presence, though Athos (played by Peakes, a three-time, Barrymore winner) still has his secret, tragic side. Hugh Hunter,, "Bet you don't know this Three Musketeers story," 16 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of musketeer

: a soldier who has a musket


mus·ke·teer | \ˌmə-skə-ˈtir \

Kids Definition of musketeer

: a soldier armed with a musket

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