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[fyoo-zuh l, -sil] /ˈfyu zəl, -sɪl/
a light flintlock musket.
Origin of fusil1
1670-80; < French: musket, Old French fuisil, foisil steel for striking fire < Vulgar Latin *focīlis, derivative of Latin focus fire. See focus


[fyoo-zuh l, -sil] /ˈfyu zəl, -sɪl/
formed by melting or casting; fused; founded.
Archaic. capable of being melted; fusible.
Archaic. melted; molten.
Also, fusile
[fyoo-zuh l, -sil, -sahyl] /ˈfyu zəl, -sɪl, -saɪl/ (Show IPA)
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin fūsilis molten, fluid. See fuse2, -ile Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Our artillery lost its value, and we met them with fusil and caliver.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Alexis, meanwhile, had dropped his rifle and taken up the fusil of Pouchskin.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • You talk one minute about using your fusil to shoot me, and I am not afraid.

    Trapped by Malays George Manville Fenn
  • When I had reached and cocked it, I presented it at an Indian who was unsheathing his fusil.

  • Many are also provided with the Northwestern fusil, and some have rifles.

  • The other raised his fusil at the same moment to his shoulder.

    The Buccaneer Chief

    Gustave Aimard
  • This fusil is described as a lengthened and sharper lozenge.

  • He took up his double-barrelled Spanish fusil, let it off, and killed the two monkeys.

    Candide Voltaire
  • Hang up my sword and fusil over your chimney-place, and tell your children, twenty years hence, how they were won.

    Septimius Felton Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Many a sullen planter eyed his fusil longingly, in the hope that Lawrence might emerge from the forests to head a new mutiny.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
British Dictionary definitions for fusil


a light flintlock musket
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: steel for a tinderbox): from Old French fuisil, from Vulgar Latin focīlis (unattested), from Latin focus fire


(heraldry) a charge shaped like a lengthened lozenge
Word Origin
C15: from Old French fusel, ultimately from Latin fūsus spindle, fuse1 (the heraldic lozenge originally represented a spindle covered with tow for spinning)
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Word Origin and History for fusil

flintlock musket, 1670s, from French fusil (see fusilier).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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