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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Synonyms & Antonyms for musketeer


alter ego, amigo, buddy, chum, compadre, comrade, confidant, confidante, crony, familiar, friend, intimate, mate [chiefly British], pal


enemy, foe

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Examples of musketeer in a Sentence

the two little musketeers were never seen apart

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Band members Quavos, Offset, and Takeoff might as well be known as the three musketeers of OTT style. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "2018 Was the Year of the Male Red Carpet Peacock," 15 Dec. 2018 The eight musketeers The eight states involved in the lawsuit include: Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and also the District of Columbia. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "3D-printed gun website yanks CAD files after federal judicial order," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of musketeer

: a soldier who has a musket


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

Kids Definition of musketeer

: a soldier armed with a musket

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to spread over or through

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