[ shas-poh; French shas-poh ]
/ ˈʃæs poʊ; French ʃasˈpoʊ /

noun, plural chasse·pots [shas-pohz; French shas-poh] /ˈʃæs poʊz; French ʃasˈpoʊ/.

a breechloading rifle, closed with a sliding bolt, introduced into the French army after 1866.

Origin of chassepot

1865–70; named after A. A. Chassepot (1833–1905), French mechanic, who invented it Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chassepot


/ (ˈʃæspəʊ, French ʃaspo) /


a breech-loading bolt-action rifle formerly used by the French Army

Word Origin for chassepot

C19: named after A. A. Chassepot (1833–1905), French gunsmith who invented it
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Word Origin and History for chassepot



bolt-action breechloading rifle used by French forces in the Franco-Prussian War, 1870, named for French inventor Antonine-Alphonse Chassepot (1833-1905).

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