from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A heavy-armed foot-soldier.


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  • As I said "fantassin", I am recalling this guys words after nearly 50 years!

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  • In the french regiments the Chaplain was a Catholic priest and it was required that the fantassin the common infantryman was Catholic. the foreign regiments were authorized to have a Chaplain of the common faith of the soldiers, usually Lutheran for the German and some Swiss regiments, the Irish, Scot and Italian Regiments had Catholic Chaplains.

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  • La paie est de cinq aspers pour un fantassin, de huit pour un cavalier.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • The line infantryman or fantassin;* continued to form the backbone of the Imperial Army, as he had previously served its revolutionary predecessors.


  • An inexperienced recruit might easily double-load after an unnoticed misfire, or forget to withdraw his ramrod before pulling the trigger; similarly, a clumsy or malingering fantassin could easily contrive to spill most of the powder charge onto the ground and thus avoid the shoulder-dislocating kick of the weapon.


  • Up and up we went through the grounds, a few unburned old bodies in rags of uniform still discernible here and there as the lantern swung past them, a musician in sky-blue, a fantassin and officer-of-the-guard in scarlet, forming a cross, with domestics of the palace in red-and-orange.

    The Purple Cloud

  • While cavalier and fantassin dash in upon their track.

    Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry

  • However, they have a mainly beautiful country and don't give a fcuk who they upset in looking after No1 .... shame we can't adopt a more similar attitude. fantassin:

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  • Well, when we locked up a B-2 with a Rapier at Farnborough, the dummy spitting by the USAF top knob had to be seen to be believed. fantassin:

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  • ARRSE alert! fantassin is discussing the suitability and cost effectiveness of the A400M in French service.

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  • "fr. a foot soldier."

    October 9, 2008