from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of arquebusier.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word arquebusiers.


  • His splendid courage in volunteering to place himself in the forefront of battle and face the dreaded hand-guns of the arquebusiers is the more striking as he had a special hatred of these new arms which were coming more and more into use.

    Bayard: the Good Knight Without Fear and Without Reproach Christopher Hare

  • It was furnished with loopholes for both archers and for "arquebusiers," as well as openings for the discharge of cannon and the casting of molten pitch and lead upon the heads of besiegers after the fashion of warfare as conducted during the wars of the Middle Ages.

    Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders George Wharton Edwards 1904

  • The arquebusiers, panicking, turned from their own samurai and attempted to run up the hill, only to be caught in a terrible squall of bullets, fired by the monks with their waterproof guns.

    Blood Ninja II Nick Lake 2010

  • The arquebusiers had lit their fuses, and now there were many hundreds of little red glows ahead of him, bobbing in the air, as if an army of fireflies were leading the attack.

    Blood Ninja II Nick Lake 2010

  • Even as they bled onto the grass, the second rank of his arquebusiers stepped forward, handing their already loaded guns to the first rank, taking in return the spent ones.

    Blood Ninja II Nick Lake 2010

  • Oda, like Kenji Kira, had arranged his arquebusiers in rows of three, so that they could maintain a constant barrage of fire.

    Blood Ninja II Nick Lake 2010

  • The first rank of arquebusiers kneeled—this, alone, was five hundred men.

    Blood Ninja II Nick Lake 2010

  • The monks who had survived the volleys of fire were surging through the disarmed arquebusiers, who scurried, bewildered, with their useless sticks.

    Blood Ninja II Nick Lake 2010

  • He looked down on the scene from above, and saw that the Ikko-ikki had won; the arquebusiers were standing in silent triumph over the bodies of the dead samurai.

    Blood Ninja II Nick Lake 2010

  • Some had made it as far as the ranks of arquebusiers, but there were traditional samurai in his army too, and these were able to move forward, between the rows of gunners, and engage any survivors hand to hand.

    Blood Ninja II Nick Lake 2010


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.