Definition of feu de joie in English:

feu de joie

Syllabification: feu de joie
Pronunciation: /ˌfə də ˈZHwä

noun (plural feux de joie pronounced same or /ˌfœz/)

A rifle salute fired by soldiers on a ceremonial occasion, each soldier firing in succession along the ranks to make a continuous sound.
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  • The feu de joie - literally, ‘the firing of joy’ - began with companies discharging their muskets one soldier at a time, going from right to left and back to front.
  • Significantly, the feu de joie - which posed a real test of military skill - was dropped around this time.


early 18th century: French, literally 'fire of joy'.

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