[shas-poh; French shas-poh]

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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Historical Examples of chassepot

  • He was collecting chassepots, and received five sous for every chassepot he brought in.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • A soldier placing his chassepot at his ear blew out his brains.

  • Chassepot, shas′po, n. the kind of bolt-action breechloading rifle adopted by the French army in 1866.

  • Here and there a rifleman stood, his chassepot resting on the iron railing, his face turned towards the woods.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • Its only tenant was a sentinel, yellow with jaundice, who seized his chassepot with shaking hands and called a shrill "Qui Vive?"


    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for chassepot



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
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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper