Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who rides a horse.
  • n. A man skilled in equitation.
  • n. A man who breeds and raises horses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man who rides a horse.
  • n. A soldier on horseback.
  • n. A man skilled in horsemanship.
  • n. A man in charge of work horses.
  • n. A swift-running land crab of the genus Ocypoda, living on the coast of Brazil and the West Indies.
  • n. A West Indian fish of the genus Eques, such as the light-horseman (Eques lanceolatus).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rider on horseback; one skilled in the management of horses; a mounted man.
  • n. A mounted soldier; a cavalryman.
  • n.
  • n. A land crab of the genus Ocypoda, living on the coast of Brazil and the West Indies, noted for running very swiftly.
  • n. A West Indian fish of the genus Eques, as the light-horseman (Eques lanceolatus).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rider on horseback; one who uses or manages a horse or horses.
  • n. A soldier who serves on horseback.
  • n. A book-name of a sciænoid fish of the genus Eques.
  • n. One of sundry tattlers or sandpipers, scolopacine birds of the genus Totanus; a gambet; a chevalier.
  • n. A kind of domestic pigeon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man skilled in equitation
  • n. a person who breeds and cares for horses

Etymologies

horse +‎ man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then he and his men armed and he bade open the gates when, behold, up came a horseman from the host of the Indians, with Jamrkan and

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Now the old horseman is riding his 100-1 shot, checking in at the scorer's table with a reminder that he never played the game, only coached it at an Air Force base, yet still has more pointed opinions than Allen Iverson and Larry Brown combined.

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  • Add to this a swarthy visage half hid in a long black beard, a tall cap of lambskin, immense trousers, boots, red or black, to the knee, a shaggy yaponcha on his shoulder, a short chibouk under the flap of his saddle, and the Persian horseman is complete.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

  • I always remember the distinction between Cal vary and cavalry by associationg Calvin (the great Christian) with Calvary and the cavalier (which comes from the word horseman) with cavalry.

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  • I was told it was a point of honour among the Circassians and these rough soldiers that, if two parties or two single horsemen met, and were in doubt if they were friends or foes, a horseman from one side would dash out and gallop in a circle to the right, if a Circassian; on which a horseman from the other party would immediately imitate this evolution, but galloping to the left, if a Cossack, to show he was a foe.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

  • But the horseman is a specific reference to the symbolic figure in Revelation 6: 8, in the last book of the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

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  • In fact, we got so mean to each other that we were riding what love researcher, Dr. John Gottman, calls a horseman of the Apocalypse.

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  • And he saw with a thrill of delicious fear that the horseman was the leader of a troop.

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  • We were solemnly cautioned not to make any excavations in the turf, especially ditches around the tents to carry off the rain, or even holes in the ground in which to build our cooking fires, as the land is hunted over, and any stray holes in the ground might break a horseman's collar bone or a horse's leg.

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  • ‘Come on!’ said Laura when the horseman was a blur against the top of the hill.

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