Definition of fusilier in English:


Syllabification: fu·sil·ier
Pronunciation: /ˌfyo͞ozəˈlir
(also fusileer)


(usually Fusiliers)
1A member of any of several British regiments formerly armed with fusils: the Royal Scots Fusiliers
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  • A 21-year-old fusilier with the Lancashire Regiment, Norman had only been in France a little over eight weeks when he found himself, along with tens of thousands of his comrades, hemmed in on the beaches at Dunkirk.
  • Larkin left Oldham 10 years ago to see the world, signing up for a life in the army, joining the legendary fusiliers and rising from private to lance corporal, serving in both Europe and the Middle East.
  • The next layer up are the yellow-tailed fusiliers and the next the yellow-banded fusiliers.
1.1 historical A soldier armed with a fusil.
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  • Two centuries ago, soldiers called fusiliers, who were armed with light flintlock muskets, fought on battlefields using tactics and formations trained on the parade field.
  • Regiments of fusiliers were assigned to guard the artillery trains, in which large quantities of gunpowder were stored and transported for the army's ordnance.
  • Behind these troops, and in second line, were the foot-guards, consisting of two regiments of fusileers, two regiments of riflemen, and two regiments of the old guard; that is to say, one of grenadiers and another of chasseurs.


late 17th century: from French, from fusil (see fusil1).

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