- a member of a British regiment formerly armed with fusils.
Origin of fusilier
Examples from the Web for fusilier
The last I saw of the trenches was the tangled line on Fusilier Bluff.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
The Fusilier had struck on that part of the sands named the Girdler.Battles with the Sea
A Fusilier officer was carried in on a stretcher and laid next to me.Attack
Edward G. D. Liveing
The emigrants were cared for in London by the owners of the Fusilier.
The Fusilier was ultimately got off the Sands, but no vestige of the Demerara was ever again seen.
- (formerly) an infantryman armed with a light musket
- Also: fusileer
- a soldier, esp a private, serving in any of certain British or other infantry regiments
- (pl; cap. when part of a name)the Royal Welch Fusiliers
Word Origin and History for fusilier
1670s, "soldier armed with a musket," from French fusilier, from Old French fusil "musket," earlier "steel for a tinderbox," from Vulgar Latin *focilis (petra) "(stone) producing fire," from Latin focus "hearth," in Vulgar Latin "fire" (see focus (n.)). Retained by certain regiments of the British army that were formerly armed with fusils.