rifleman

noun
ri·​fle·​man | \ ˈrī-fəl-mən How to pronounce rifleman (audio) \

Definition of rifleman

1 : a soldier armed with a rifle
2 : one skilled in shooting with a rifle

Examples of rifleman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s plenty of other good stuff in this novel, too, though true riflemen will no doubt shed a tear when a reloading room full of H-1000 powder and boxes of match bullets from Sierra, Berger and Swift goes up in flames. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Q&A with Stephen Hunter, Author of the New Bob Lee Swagger Novel," 2 Jan. 2020 He was awarded a Bronze Star and spent the rest of the war as a rifleman. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of Dying," 16 Dec. 2019 Both Marines are riflemen assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton. Washington Post, "16 Marines arrested in migrant smuggling investigation," 25 July 2019 Woodruff, an infantry rifleman who was deployed to Iraq twice before being honorably discharged in 2009, said his program's focus is training service dogs. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A New York studio is offering 'Puppy Pilates' to raise money for veterans who can't afford to train a service dog," 23 Oct. 2019 According to their service records supplied by the US Marine Corps, both men are riflemen with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Patrick Perron, The Mercury News, "Two California Marines charged with smuggling immigrants into the United States," 10 July 2019 According to their service records supplied by the US Marine Corps, both men are riflemen with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Patrick Perron, The Mercury News, "Two California Marines charged with smuggling immigrants into the United States," 10 July 2019 Both are active-duty riflemen stationed in Camp Pendleton in California, said 1st Lt. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Two active-duty Marines arrested for allegedly smuggling migrants from Mexico for cash," 3 July 2019 After completing basic and other training, including Airborne School, at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to the 1-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment as a rifleman, according to the Army. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "‘The worst day in our family’s history,’ grieving uncle says of Chicago soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of rifleman

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rifleman was in 1775

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17 Jan 2020

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“Rifleman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rifleman. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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rifleman

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English Language Learners Definition of rifleman

: a soldier who carries a rifle
: a person who is skilled at shooting a rifle

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