Examples from the Web for fusilier
All ranks in the two Fusilier companies seemed to vie with each other in deeds of valour.
They put back, and passing to leeward of the Fusilier, strike the flag half-mast high, as a sign that the boat is to join them.Storm Warriors|John Gilmore
The conduct of the Fusilier Brigade on this field was the admiration of both friend and foe.
The two Fusilier Regiments seemed to vie with each other in performing deeds of valor.
One of the killed was a woman whose son was a Dublin Fusilier.John Redmond's Last Years|Stephen Gwynn
British Dictionary definitions for fusilier
- 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 for fusilier
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.