[sha-sur; French sha-sœr]
noun, plural chas·seurs [sha-surz; French sha-sœr] /ʃæˈsɜrz; French ʃaˈsœr/.
  1. (in the French army) one of a body of cavalry or infantry troops equipped and trained for rapid movement.
  2. a uniformed footman or attendant; liveried servant.
  3. a hunter.
  4. Also called hunter's sauce. French Cookery. a brown sauce, usually containing mushrooms, tomatoes, shallots, white wine, etc.

Origin of chasseur

1790–1800; < French: literally, chaser; see chase1, -eur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for chasseur

squadron, horse, army, lancers, bowlegs, dragoons

Examples from the Web for chasseur

Historical Examples of chasseur

  • But the chasseur appeared disgusted with the task assigned him.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • The chasseur, meanwhile, was talking to himself in a growling tone of voice.

    Curious, if True

    Elizabeth Gaskell

  • All three now gathered around the chasseur, and watched his movements.


    Mayne Reid

  • "Why, she's the Decoy," said the chasseur, with intense relish.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson

  • Laura signalled to the chasseur that her answer was affirmative.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

British Dictionary definitions for chasseur


  1. French army a member of a unit specially trained and equipped for swift deployment
  2. (in some parts of Europe, esp formerly) a uniformed attendant, esp one in the livery of a huntsman
  1. (often postpositive) designating or cooked in a sauce consisting of white wine and mushrooms

Word Origin for chasseur

C18: from French: huntsman
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 chasseur

mobile foot-soldier, 1796, French, literally "huntsman," from Old French chaceor "huntsman, hunter," from chacier "to chase" (see chase (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper