or Carabineer. Properly a skirmisher or light horseman, from the Arabic carabine. A carbine is the light musket used by cavalry soldiers.
“He ... left the Rhinegrave, with his company of mounted carbineers, to guard the passage.” Motley: Dutch Republic (vol. i. part i. chap. ii. p. 179).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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