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also fu·sil·eer  (fyo͞o′zə-lîr′)
1. A soldier in any of certain British army regiments formerly armed with fusils.
2. A soldier armed with a fusil.

[French, musketeer, from fusil, musket; see fusil.]


1. (Military) (formerly) an infantryman armed with a light musket
2. (Military)
a. a soldier, esp a private, serving in any of certain British or other infantry regiments
b. (pl; cap. when part of a name): the Royal Welch Fusiliers.
[C17: from French; see fusil1]


or fu•sil•eer

(ˌfyu zəˈlɪər)

a member of a British regiment formerly armed with fusils.
[1670–80; < French; see fusil1, -ier2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fusilier - (formerly) a British infantryman armed with a light flintlock musketfusilier - (formerly) a British infantryman armed with a light flintlock musket
foot soldier, footslogger, infantryman, marcher - fights on foot with small arms


[ˌfjuːzɪˈlɪəʳ] N (Brit) → fusilero m


n (Brit) → Füsilier m


[ˌfjuːzɪˈlɪəʳ] nfuciliere m
References in classic literature ?
Captain Granet of the Royal Fusiliers, home from the Front on leave," Granet replied.
At Agra there were the 3d Bengal Fusiliers, some Sikhs, two troops of horse, and a battery of artillery.
Having completed my studies there, I was duly attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers as Assistant Surgeon.
They included the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Royal Munster Fusiliers, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Connaught Rangers, Leinster Regiment, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Royal Irish Regiment and Royal Irish Rifles.
ROYAL Welsh Fusiliers have marked the 90th Anniversary of the founding of their Comrades Association on Saturday with a reunion.
A recent vote in The House of Commons signalled the death knell for The Second Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, formerly known as Birmingham Pals.
But the Commons approved legislation allowing the Government expand the number of Army reserves to 30,000 while reducing the regular force by 20,000 by 2020 - which is almost certain to mean the end of the Second Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
The drummer's comrades in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2RRF) were warmly applauded as they arrived at the church, as were Fusilier veterans.
After Fusilier Annis's death, Drummer Rigby and his comrades from the Corps of Drums of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, led the 15-mile charity walk in their friend's memory.
Rigby, 25, from Crumpsall, Manchester, was a drummer in the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
THE Royal Highland Fusiliers were formed in 1959 when the Royal Scots Fusiliers and The Highland Light Infantry were merged.
THE picture of the soldiers receiving their Afghanistan Tour Medals from Sir Alex Ferguson are not Welsh Guards, as stated in the article (December 7), but are from the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment formally the 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers now based in Chester.