Definition of flechette in English:


Syllabification: fle·chette
Pronunciation: /flāˈSHet, fleSHˈet
(also fléchette)


  • A type of ammunition resembling a small dart, shot from a gun.
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    • Paul had also heard about the idea of using flechettes as ammunition.
    • I just pulled the rifle's trigger, and a burst of flechettes hit the sentry right in the forehead.
    • When fired, the cartridge activated within 3 meters of the muzzle to spray flechettes in a shotgun-like blast.


early 20th century: from French fléchette, diminutive of flèche 'arrow'.

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