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marksman

[mahrks-muhn]
noun, plural marksmen.
1.
a person who is skilled in shooting at a mark; a person who shoots well.
2.
Military.
a.
the lowest rating in rifle marksmanship, below that of sharpshooter and expert.
b.
a person who has achieved such a rating.

Origin:
1645–55; mark1 + 's1 + -man

marksmanship, noun


See -man.
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marksman (ˈmɑːksmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  a person skilled in shooting
2.  a serviceman selected for his skill in shooting, esp for a minor engagement
3.  a qualification awarded in certain armed services for skill in shooting
 
'marksmanship
 
n
 
'markswoman
 
fem n

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marksman
1650s, from mark (1) in M.E. sense of "target" + man. Related: Marksmanship.
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