fusilier

or fu·si·leer

[ fyoo-zuh-leer ]
/ ˌfyu zəˈlɪər /

noun

a member of a British regiment formerly armed with fusils.

Origin of fusilier

From French, dating back to 1670–80; see origin at fusil1, -ier2
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fusilier

/ (ˌfjuːzɪˈlɪə) /

noun

(formerly) an infantryman armed with a light musket
Also: fusileer
  1. a soldier, esp a private, serving in any of certain British or other infantry regiments
  2. (pl; cap. when part of a name)the Royal Welch Fusiliers

Word Origin for fusilier

C17: from French; see fusil 1
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