Definition of rifleman
1 : a soldier armed with a rifle
2 : one skilled in shooting with a rifle
Recent Examples of rifleman from the Web
Under fire from Spanish riflemen, the party was able to cut only two of the three telegraph lines and had to return to their ships.
Where the Army scatters recruits across a vast institution that includes accountants and mechanics who have little contact with the harsher realities of military work, every marine is trained as a rifleman.
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First Known Use of rifleman
RIFLEMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rifleman for English Language Learners
: a soldier who carries a rifle
: a person who is skilled at shooting a rifle
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