[ shas-poh; French shas-poh ]

noun,plural chasse·pots [shas-pohz; French shas-poh]. /ˈʃæs poʊz; French ʃasˈpoʊ/.
  1. 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

Words Nearby chassepot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use chassepot in a sentence

  • Odious repetition of those words, "Order reigns in Warsaw," and "The chassepot has done wonders."

  • An officer ascended the steps, approached the corpse, and discharged his chassepot into the left temple.

  • The Commission of Pardons awaited, chassepot in hand, the prey given up to them by the courts-martial.

  • Every second the report of a chassepot rang out, sharp and clear, upon the air.

    The Downfall | Emile Zola
  • The escort was commanded by a young woman carrying a chassepot, and wearing a chignon.

    Paris under the Commune | John Leighton

British Dictionary definitions for chassepot


/ (ˈʃæspəʊ, French ʃaspo) /

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

Origin of chassepot

C19: named after A. A. Chassepot (1833–1905), French gunsmith who invented it

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