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artillery Syllabification: ar·til·ler·y
Pronunciation: /ˌärˈtil(ə)rē/

Definition of artillery in English:

noun (plural artilleries)

1Large-caliber guns used in warfare on land: tanks and heavy artillery
More example sentences
  • From ahead came the rumble of heavy artillery fire off to the west and the east.
  • British forces took its airport and a bridge, but Iraqi forces resisted with artillery and heavy machine guns.
  • Thousands were killed from heavy artillery fire and constant aerial bombardment by the Nazis.
ordnance, (big) guns, cannon(s);
1.1A military detachment or branch of the armed forces that uses large-caliber guns.
Example sentences
  • The mortar platoon is the personal artillery battery for the battalion commander.
  • Together with the armour, artillery and infantry, the Royal Engineers form one of the combat elements of the army.
  • Reinforced with artillery the Kwantung Army tried again on 23 July, but were again checked.


Example sentences
  • Meanwhile, although artillerists were usually civilian contractors (the art proved too complex for the dilettantes commissioned because of their nobility), that field gradually became a military function.
  • Artillery units were first organized as military establishments in 1671 by Louis XIV of France, who also initiated schools of instruction for his artillerists.
  • Washington wanted a military academy because he wanted engineers and artillerists to help the next commander in chief fight for this fledgling nation as he had done for eight long years.
Pronunciation: /ärˈtil(ə)rēmən/
Example sentences
  • A young lieutenant and artilleryman, Lieutenant Bragg, was the toastmaster.


Late Middle English: from Old French artillerie, from artiller, alteration of atillier 'equip, arm', probably a variant of atirier, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + tire 'rank, order'.

Words that rhyme with artillery

ancillary, capillary, codicillary, distillery, fibrillary, fritillary, Hilary, maxillary, pillory
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