muz·​zle·​load·​er ˈmə-zəl-ˌlō-dər How to pronounce muzzleloader (audio)
: a firearm that loads at the muzzle
The introduction of the breechloader more than doubled the rate of reloading and of fire and made it possible to do so, not standing as with the muzzleloader, but with the very substantial protection of the prone position.Archer Jones
compare breechloader
muzzle-loading adjective
muzzle-loading rifles

Examples of muzzleloader in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colorado has two primitive-weapon seasons—archery and open-sight muzzleloader—and four regular rifle seasons. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, 29 Feb. 2024 The end of hunting season in Ohio means deer hunters can start using muzzleloader rifles. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 3 Jan. 2024 For more of a challenge, try a .32-caliber muzzleloader. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Here's what to know about muzzleloader season in Ohio. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 3 Jan. 2024 Here is a list of the best muzzleloaders available today. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, 1 Nov. 2023 But October 2023 has made up for it, with some absolute giants falling to arrows, crossbow bolts, and muzzleloader bullets, including several whitetail topping the 200-inch mark. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 1 Nov. 2023 Current muzzleloader options are nothing short of outstanding. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, 1 Nov. 2023 Deer hunting muzzleloaders season in Indiana Muzzleloader season is Dec. 9-24. The Indianapolis Star, 7 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of muzzleloader was in 1858

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“Muzzleloader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a gun that is loaded through the muzzle
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