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[sha-sur; French sha-sœr] /ʃæˈsɜr; French ʃaˈsœr/
noun, plural chasseurs
[sha-surz; French sha-sœr] /ʃæˈsɜrz; French ʃaˈsœr/ (Show IPA)
(in the French army) one of a body of cavalry or infantry troops equipped and trained for rapid movement.
a uniformed footman or attendant; liveried servant.
a hunter.
Also called hunter's sauce. French Cookery. a brown sauce, usually containing mushrooms, tomatoes, shallots, white wine, etc.
Origin of chasseur
1790-1800; < French: literally, chaser; see chase1, -eur Unabridged
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  • But the chasseur appeared disgusted with the task assigned him.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • The chasseur, meanwhile, was talking to himself in a growling tone of voice.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • All three now gathered around the chasseur, and watched his movements.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • "Why, she's the Decoy," said the chasseur, with intense relish.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson
  • Laura signalled to the chasseur that her answer was affirmative.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • A coin chinked on the steps in accompaniment to the chasseur's departing gallop.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • After hesitation she shook her head, and the chasseur retired.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • The chasseur who had brought him the message caught his arm eagerly.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • "Your chasseur has the air of a Prince, my love," said a voice behind her.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • The chasseur, who was passing, paused and smiled a little, as he saluted.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
British Dictionary definitions for chasseur


/ʃæˈsɜː; French ʃasœr/
(French army) a member of a unit specially trained and equipped for swift deployment
(in some parts of Europe, esp formerly) a uniformed attendant, esp one in the livery of a huntsman
(often postpositive) designating or cooked in a sauce consisting of white wine and mushrooms
Word Origin
C18: from French: huntsman
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Word Origin and History for chasseur

mobile foot-soldier, 1796, French, literally "huntsman," from Old French chaceor "huntsman, hunter," from chacier "to chase" (see chase (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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