mus·​ket·​ry | \ ˈmə-skə-trē How to pronounce musketry (audio) \

Definition of musketry

1 : muskets
3a : musket fire
b : the art or science of using small arms especially in battle

Examples of musketry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its scenes unfurled in a cavalcade of musketry, air-bursting shells, houses ablaze, and clusters of mounted Union soldiers tumbling over Confederate breastworks. Elliot Ackerman, Harper's Magazine, "Civil Warning," 16 Mar. 2021 Soon my father found the dining table stacked with volumes from the Inner Sunset library: books on famous battles, biographies of Grant and Sherman, guides to uniforms and musketry. Daniel Mason, The Atlantic, "For the Union Dead," 6 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'musketry.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of musketry

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about musketry

Time Traveler for musketry

Time Traveler

The first known use of musketry was in 1646

See more words from the same year

Statistics for musketry

Last Updated

25 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Musketry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on musketry

What made you want to look up musketry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!