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A drawing of a horseman.


From Middle English horsman, equivalent to horse +‎ man.



horseman (plural horsemen)

  1. A man who rides a horse.
    Hypernym: rider
  2. A soldier on horseback, especially a cavalryman.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], 2nd edition, part 1, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
      A thouſand Perſean horſemen are at hand,
      Sent from the King to ouercome vs all.
    • 1989 [1988], Karl Jettmar, “The art of the Steppes”, in The History of Art[1], Blitz Editions, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 62:
      A royal grave (dated seventh century B.C.) still shows vital details of the conditions of warrior horsemen in their formative phase. This is the grave at Arzan in Tuwa, opened under the guidance of the Nestor of Siberian archeology, M. P. Grjaznov.
    • 2011, Ssu-ma Ch'ien, edited by William H. Nienhauser, Jr., The Grand Scribe's Records, Volume IX: The Memoirs of Han China[2], volume II, published 2019, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, →OL, page 186:
      At this, the Shan-yü, leading over 100,000 horsemen through the fortifications, entered at the fortification of Wu-chou 武州.
  3. A man skilled in horsemanship, especially an equestrian.
  4. (especially UK, agriculture, archaic) A man in charge of work horses; a teamster.
  5. (especially UK, archaic) A man in charge of transport horses; a hostler (ostler).
  6. (archaic) Any of the swift-running land crabs of the genus Ocypode.
  7. (archaic) Any fish of the genus Equetus.
  8. A fictional beast that is part horse and part man.
    Hyponym: centaur
    Coordinate terms: dogman, wolfman

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  1. Alternative form of horsman