from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soldier, especially a medieval cavalryman supplied with heavy arms.
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- n. A medieval heavily armed mounted member of the cavalry
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a designation of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries for a soldier fully armed.
- n. A heavily armed and sometimes mounted soldier in medieval times.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A soldier, especially in the middle ages, fully armed and equipped; a heavy-armed soldier.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavily armed and mounted soldier in medieval times
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They were all the rage in the scifi stories I was raised with and nothing turns me off more than to know that some intrepid soul is going on a Hero's Journey with and elf, a wizard and a swarthy man-at-arms by his side.
"Eh, Red Sonya!" shouted a man-at-arms, waving his pike.
She was just a country girl, but she dressed as a man-at-arms, she had a banner embroidered with lilies and angels.
The man-at-arms, trembling with fear, looks at me, and forgets his place so much as to speak to me directly: “For the love of God, what was that all about?”
The man-at-arms stands, almost at attention, at a distance from me, torn between his duty to guard me and his own fear, and the two of us wait in the eerie half darkness, to see what—if anything—will happen next.
A woman comes running out of the house, a man-at-arms behind her.
“He was trained in weapons as every man of his station was, of course, but his purpose in the castle was not to be a man-at-arms.”
The man-at-arms had ridden forward, though, to catch up with some of his mates, and a good four lengths separated us from the wagon-driver behind.
My place fell in the middle of the party, flanked on the one side by a man-at-arms whose name I did not know, and on the other by Ned Gowan, the little scribe I had seen at work in Colum's hall.
The cloak was necessary cover here within the walls, to hide Geoffrey's blazon, for no one but Cadfael yet knew that Philip had set his prisoner free, and some zealous man-at-arms might strike first and question afterwards.