Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[fyoo-suh-leyd, -lahd, -zuh-] /ˈfyu səˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd, -zə-/
a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
a general discharge or outpouring of anything:
a fusillade of questions.
verb (used with object), fusilladed, fusillading.
to attack or shoot by a fusillade.
Origin of fusillade
1795-1805; < French, equivalent to fusill(er) to shoot (see fusil1) + -ade -ade1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for fusillade
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • A fusillade of shots poured out of the darkness upon the well-lighted defenders.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
  • The net result of his fusillade of interrogatories, however, was exceedingly meagre.

    No Clue James Hay
  • Charlie faced the fusillade and coolly replied with several vicious upper-cuts reminiscent of Border days.

  • We warned them back, but they cursed us and discharged a fusillade from their pistols.

    The Scarlet Plague Jack London
  • There was a tense moment of waiting, and then the fusillade began again, pitifully weak from the sheepmen.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
  • They, too, fled before the fusillade and the hail of shot that descended on them.

  • She pouted and frowned, both at once, and the Colonel bawled through the noise of the fusillade, "Being what?"

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • A fusillade of shots and a babel of yelling from outside interrupted his words.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • At a distance of 800 yards in front of us stretched the dark border of the wood, from which the fusillade was coming.

    In the Field (1914-1915) Marcel Dupont
British Dictionary definitions for fusillade


/ˌfjuːzɪˈleɪd; -ˈlɑːd/
a simultaneous or rapid continual discharge of firearms
a sudden outburst, as of criticism
(transitive) to attack with a fusillade
Word Origin
C19: from French, from fusiller to shoot; see fusil1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for fusillade

"simultaneous discharge of firearms," 1801, from French fusillade, from fusiller "to shoot," from fusil "musket" (see fusilier). As a verb from 1816.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for fusillade

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for fusillade

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for fusillade