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chasseur

Syllabification: chas·seur
Pronunciation: /SHaˈsər
 
/

Definition of chasseur in English:

noun (plural same)

historical
A soldier, usually in the light cavalry, equipped and trained for rapid movement, especially in the French army.
Example sentences
  • The Germans had no real equivalent to French chasseurs à cheval, but the Prussian army did raise Jäger zu pferd (horse Jäger) squadrons in 1897, based on Meldreiter (dispatch rider) detachments which had been formed in 1895.
  • One candidate, sculptor Louis Auvray, hinted at the exhumed mummy when he stated the uniform depicted on his effigy was the one in which Napoleon was buried, that of the colonel of the chasseurs.
  • The chasseur answered that he had been to all the American bars and hotels.

Origin

mid 18th century: French, from chasser 'to chase'.

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