fu·​sil·​ier | \ ˌfyü-zə-ˈlir How to pronounce fusilier (audio) \
variants: or fusileer

Definition of fusilier

1 : a soldier armed with a fusil
2 : a member of a British regiment formerly armed with fusils

Examples of fusilier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each dive serves up new wonders: a manta swooping overhead, a solitary dolphin rolling around playfully on a reef, giant schools of snapper and fusiliers whirling around us like tornadoes, venomous sea kraits wafting through sunlit water. National Geographic, "Three by sea: Life-changing tales from female travelers," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of fusilier

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fusilier

borrowed from French fusilier, going back to Middle French, from fusil fusil entry 2 + -ier -ier

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Cite this Entry

“Fusilier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusilier. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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