[mahrks-muh n] /ˈmɑrks mən/

noun, plural marksmen.
a person who is skilled in shooting at a mark; a person who shoots well.

noun (pl) -men
a person skilled in shooting
a serviceman selected for his skill in shooting, esp for a minor engagement
a qualification awarded in certain armed services for skill in shooting

1823, from marksman + -ship.

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


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