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 While every Marine who completes training is a rifleman, women largely fill support roles. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Women warriors: A Marine Corps bootcamp struggles to integrate," 5 Feb. 2021 Buck is a rifleman in Florida—Private in the Infantry. Kurt Vonnegut, The New Yorker, "Letters to Woofy," 23 Nov. 2020 The deployment, as an infantry rifleman in the California National Guard, was hell. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, "Minnesota National Guard confronts mental health issues head on," 28 Sep. 2020 Perez was a rifleman with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/4, 15th MEU. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Marines finds location of sunken AAV after deadly training accident in Southern California," 4 Aug. 2020 In 1956, he was drafted into the Army and was trained as an infantry rifleman and in cryptography. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "William Griffin Morrel Jr., banker who established Maryland National Bank's international operations, dies," 15 Apr. 2018

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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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20 Feb 2021

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“Rifleman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rifleman. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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