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fusillade Syllabification: fu·sil·lade
Pronunciation: /ˈfyo͞osəˌläd/

Definition of fusillade in English:


A series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession: marchers had to dodge a fusillade of missiles figurative a fusillade of accusations
More example sentences
  • A deadly fusillade of slaved ACP missiles raced out at the Destroyer's bridge tower.
  • A fusillade of cruise missiles had been launched from four US cruisers and a submarine, and a supporting British sub.
  • On 26 August 1944 he walked down the Champs Elysées to the acclamation of a vast crowd, and then went on to Notre Dame, where he stood unmoved when a sudden fusillade broke out inside the cathedral.
salvo, volley, barrage, bombardment, cannonade, battery, burst, blast, hail, shower, rain, stream
historical broadside


[with object] archaic Back to top  
Attack (a place) or shoot down (someone) by a series of shots fired at the same time or in quick succession.
Example sentences
  • They went into hiding in Katlijk, but where betrayed and fusilladed by the German oppressor.
  • Thousands of people were fusilladed without any form of trial.
  • Most of the members - including Sam - were sentenced to death and fusilladed in the early morning of 1 July 1443 in the Dunes of Overveen.


Early 19th century: from French, from fusiller 'to shoot', from fusil (see fusil1) + -ade1.

Words that rhyme with fusillade

abrade, afraid, aid, aide, ambuscade, arcade, balustrade, barricade, Belgrade, blade, blockade, braid, brigade, brocade, cannonade, carronade, cascade, cavalcade, cockade, colonnade, crusade, dissuade, downgrade, enfilade, esplanade, evade, fade, glade, grade, grenade, grillade, handmade, harlequinade, homemade, invade, jade, lade, laid, lemonade, limeade, made, maid, man-made, marinade, masquerade, newlaid, orangeade, paid, palisade, parade, pasquinade, persuade, pervade, raid, serenade, shade, Sinéad, staid, stockade, stock-in-trade, suede, tailor-made, they'd, tirade, trade, Ubaid, underpaid, undismayed, unplayed, unsprayed, unswayed, upbraid, upgrade, wade
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