[ fyoo-suh-leyd, -lahd, -zuh- ]
/ ˈfyu səˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd, -zə- /


a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
a general discharge or outpouring of anything: a fusillade of questions.

verb (used with object), fu·sil·lad·ed, fu·sil·lad·ing.

to attack or shoot by a fusillade.

Origin of fusillade

1795–1805; < French, equivalent to fusill(er) to shoot (see fusil1) + -ade -ade1
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British Dictionary definitions for fusillade


/ (ˌfjuːzɪˈleɪd, -ˈlɑːd) /


a simultaneous or rapid continual discharge of firearms
a sudden outburst, as of criticism


(tr) to attack with a fusillade

Word Origin for fusillade

C19: from French, from fusiller to shoot; see fusil 1
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