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[rahy-fuh l-muh n] /ˈraɪ fəl mən/
noun, plural riflemen.
a soldier armed with a rifle.
a person skilled in the use of a rifle.
Origin of rifleman
1765-75, Americanism; rifle1 + -man
Related forms
riflemanship, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rifleman
  • The bull was shot several times and was finally killed by a local rifleman who was summoned to help.
  • He became a rifleman whose unit seemed always to be on the move.
  • He is a former rifleman who switched to the intelligence field when he re-enlisted.
  • So basically a rifleman would only firing under lighting conditions which would provide the ability to identify a hostile thread.
British Dictionary definitions for rifleman


noun (pl) -men
a person skilled in the use of a rifle, esp a soldier
Also called titipounamu. a wren, Acanthisitta chloris, of New Zealand: family Xenicidae See also bush wren
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Word Origin and History for rifleman

1775, from rifle (n.) + man (n.).

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