Definition of chassepot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHaspō/


A type of bolt-action breech-loading rifle used by the French army between 1866 and 1874.
Example sentences
  • The French had a good breech-loading rifle, the chassepot, also the mitrailleuse, a primitive machine gun, but their muzzle-loading artillery was outclassed by Prussian breech-loaders.
  • Two thousand chassepots fell into the hands of the people.
  • The Prussians suffered over 4,400 casualties, which, allowing for their superiority in artillery, still demonstrates the effectiveness of the French chassepot.


Named for Antoine A. Chassepot (1833–1905), its French designer.

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Syllabification: chasse·pot

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