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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the two little musketeers were never seen apart
Recent Examples on the Web Widowmaker gets an elegant musketeer outfit this time around. Kris Holt, Forbes, "‘Overwatch’ Archives 2021 Event: Here Are All Eight New Skins," 6 Apr. 2021 The scheming and cruel femme fatale, Milady de Winter, is judged guilty of the most heinous murders by an ad hoc tribunal consisting of the musketeers and her late husband’s brother. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "If you only know ‘The Three Musketeers,’ you owe yourself the pleasure of its sequel, ‘Twenty Years After’," 13 Nov. 2019 Neither of his characters is on screen as much as D’Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne) or the three musketeers (Gérard Depardieu, John Malkovich, and Jeremy Irons)., "“The Man in the Iron Mask”," 11 Oct. 2019 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

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Musketeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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