Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A soldier in any of certain British army regiments formerly armed with fusils.
  • n. A soldier armed with a fusil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An infantryman armed with a form of flintlock musket
  • n. A soldier in any of several regiments that once fought with such weapons

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (formerly) a British infantryman armed with a light flintlock musket

Etymologies

French, musketeer, from fusil, musket; see fusil.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French fusilier, from fusil. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My favourite TV advert at the moment is that one for Bombardier English beer which stars Rik Mayall as an 18th-century fusilier whose catchphrase is: "Bang-on."

    Another own goal for football's dummies | Kevin McKenna

  • Reality rules, Honor the Truth - in memory of Chemist99a fusilier

    Early indications of bipedalism in A. afarensis - The Panda's Thumb

  • Minden SYW Austrians 2 on the left compared to an RSM Austrian in the center on a penney, and a Prussian fusilier painted as the Hesse Seewald Prinz Heinrich Fusilier Regt.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • I also painted the one Prussian fusilier sample that I had in the imaginery uniform of the Prinz Heinrich Fusilier Regiment IR9 in the Hesse Seewald army.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • In addition to hundreds of captured muskets, grenadier and fusilier mitre caps, uniform coats, cartridge boxes and other bits and pieces of equipment which I was able to see, for the most part, the castle also boasts an impressive collection of Prussian regimental flags.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • And while my identification skills are at the "purple one with yellow stripes" level, I do also enjoy the evocative names: three-stripe fusilier, diagonal-banded sweetlips, filamented flake, oblong silver biddy and freckled goatfish, not to mention the charming category of odd-shaped bottom dwellers.

    Dive Time

  • The field battalions were comprised of 6 fusilier companies having a strength of 130 to 160 rank and file and 110 grenadiers per company.

    Austrian Battalion Strength in the SYW

  • Again, the grenadier is a more recent vintage painting from a couple of years ago, while the fusilier is an old veteran of at least 17 years.

    Early Elite Miniatures - I Want These Figures

  • Older fusilier centre company men painted by Der Alte Fritz.

    Early Elite Miniatures - I Want These Figures

  • The standing figure seems to be based on the doll for the Prussian fusilier figure.

    Early Elite Miniatures - I Want These Figures

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