AskDefine | Define cannoneer

Dictionary Definition

cannoneer n : a serviceman in the artillery [syn: artilleryman, gunner, machine gunner]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. In the context of "military": A person who tends and operates a piece of artillery, especially a cannon.
    Luckily, the cannoneer was only mildly injured when his cannon malfunctioned.


person who operates a piece of artillery, especially a cannon

Extensive Definition

"Cannoneer" is an obsolete word for an artillery gunner, first recorded in the 16th century. An artillery Private is known as a Kanonier in German and Polish, a Kanonnier in Dutch, and a Канонир in Russian; today these would likely be rendered in English as "Gunner."
cannoneer in German: Kanonier
cannoneer in Dutch: Kanonnier
cannoneer in Polish: Kanonier
cannoneer in Russian: Канонир
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