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  1. a firearm of large caliber, used from the 15th to the 17th century, that fired with its butt resting against the chest.
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Origin of petronel

1570–80; < Middle French petrinal, dialectal variant of poitrinal, equivalent to poitrine chest (< Vulgar Latin *pectorīna, noun use of feminine of *pectorīnus of the breast; see pectoral, -ine1) + -al -al1
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Historical Examples of petronel

  • Here, neighbour Security, to the health of Sir Petronel, and all his captains.

    The Works of John Marston

    John Marston

  • Nay, weep not, good Sin; my Petronel is in as good possibility as he.

  • “We will resist them to the last,” said Guy Fawkes, drawing a petronel.

    Guy Fawkes

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • Scarcely an instant elapsed before he was beside the squire, and presented a petronel at his head.

    The Lancashire Witches

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • Petronel, pet′ro-nel, n. a large horse-pistol: a small carbine.

British Dictionary definitions for petronel


  1. a firearm of large calibre used in the 16th and early 17th centuries, esp by cavalry soldiers
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Word Origin for petronel

C16: from French, literally: of the breast, from poitrine breast, from Latin pectus
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