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or fusileer

[fyoo-zuh-leer] /ˌfyu zəˈlɪər/
a member of a British regiment formerly armed with fusils.
Origin of fusilier
From French, dating back to 1670-80; See origin at fusil1, -ier2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fusilier
Historical Examples
  • The last I saw of the trenches was the tangled line on fusilier Bluff.

  • The fusilier had struck on that part of the sands named the Girdler.

    Battles with the Sea R.M. Ballantyne
  • A fusilier officer was carried in on a stretcher and laid next to me.

    Attack Edward G. D. Liveing
  • The emigrants were cared for in London by the owners of the fusilier.

    Storm Warriors John Gilmore
  • The fusilier was ultimately got off the Sands, but no vestige of the Demerara was ever again seen.

    Storm Warriors John Gilmore
  • A Dublin fusilier was in that shelter one night and said he saw him in South Africa.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The man in his bed died while you was like that: a fusilier Guards man.


    Henry Kingsley
  • Become a fusilier—one of those that wear plumes on their hats?

    Plays--First Series August Strindberg
  • The remaining fusilier brigade of infantry was to support this movement on the right.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "An' if they did itself, you couldn't blame them," said a wounded Dublin fusilier to me.

    The Irish on the Somme Michael MacDonagh
British Dictionary definitions for fusilier


(formerly) an infantryman armed with a light musket
Also fusileer
  1. a soldier, esp a private, serving in any of certain British or other infantry regiments
  2. (pl; cap. when part of a name): the Royal Welch Fusiliers
Word Origin
C17: from French; see fusil1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fusilier

1670s, "soldier armed with a musket," from French fusilier, from Old French fusil "musket," earlier "steel for a tinderbox," from Vulgar Latin *focilis (petra) "(stone) producing fire," from Latin focus "hearth," in Vulgar Latin "fire" (see focus (n.)). Retained by certain regiments of the British army that were formerly armed with fusils.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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