fu·​sil·​ier ˌfyü-zə-ˈlir How to pronounce fusilier (audio)
variants or fusileer
: a soldier armed with a fusil
: a member of a British regiment formerly armed with fusils

Examples of fusilier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hawksbill turtles, manta rays and schools of colorful fish like the fusilier. Johanna Read, Forbes, 30 Dec. 2022 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, 14 Nov. 2019

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fusilier was in 1680

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Cite this Entry

“Fusilier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusilier. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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