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marksman

[mahrks-muh n] /ˈmɑrks mən/
noun, plural marksmen.
1.
a person who is skilled in shooting at a mark; a person who shoots well.
2.
Military.
  1. the lowest rating in rifle marksmanship, below that of sharpshooter and expert.
  2. a person who has achieved such a rating.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; mark1 + 's1 + -man
Related forms
marksmanship, noun
Usage note
See -man.
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British Dictionary definitions for marksmen

marksman

/ˈmɑːksmən/
noun (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
Derived Forms
marksmanship, noun
markswoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for marksmen

marksman

n.

1650s, from mark (n.1) in Middle English sense of "target" + man; with genitive -s. Earlier form was markman (1570s).

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