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See also: Musketeer


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From Middle French mousquetaire in the late 16th century. Surface etymology is musket +‎ -eer. Doublet of mousquetaire.


  • IPA(key): /ˈmʌskətə(ɹ)/, /ˈmʌskɪtə(ɹ)/


musketeer (plural musketeers)

  1. (military) A foot soldier armed with a musket.
  2. (military) In 17th- and 18th-century France, a member of the royal household bodyguard.
  3. A comrade or fellow.
    • 2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Reuniting the cast of Trainspotting for a new adventure 21 years on could have gone badly. The BBC’s misjudged This Life + 10, bringing the cast of the iconic 90s TV drama back together, is a case in point. But Boyle and his four musketeers give it just the right frantic, jaded energy and manic anxiety.


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