pet·​ro·​nel ˌpe-trə-ˈnel How to pronounce petronel (audio)
: a portable firearm resembling a carbine of large caliber

Word History


perhaps modification of Middle French poitrinal, petrinal, from poitrinal of the chest, from poitrine chest, ultimately from Latin pector-, pectus — more at pectoral

First Known Use

circa 1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of petronel was circa 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Petronel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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