• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fusileer (Mil) Formerly, a soldier armed with a fusil. Hence, in the plural:
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fusileer Properly, a soldier armed with a fusil; in general, an infantry soldier who bears firearms, as formerly distinguished from a pikeman or an archer. The name is still retained by a regiment of the line in the British army (the 7th), called the Royal Fusiliers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fusileer formerly a soldier armed with a fusil, now simply a historical title borne by a few regiments of the British army (Northumberland, Royal Scots, &c.).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fusilier, fr. fusil,


In literature:

The Welsh fusileers were the first to mount the hill.
"Wild Wales Its People, Language and Scenery" by George Borrow
The mitrailleuses were adding their tac-tac to the cracks of the fusileers.
"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" by Vicente Blasco Ibanez
Water, again, is of two kinds, liquid and fusile.
"Timaeus" by Plato
Denis Nolan's nephew was killed in the Irish Fusileers.
"Dangerous Days" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Ever met Heavisides of the Bombay Fusileers?
"Stories By English Authors: London" by Various
Esmond's late regiment, General Webb's own Fusileers, served in the division which their colonel commanded.
"The History of Henry Esmond, Esq." by W. M. Thackeray
Military Escort of Montgomery Fusileers, Capt.
"Historic Papers on the Causes of the Civil War" by Mrs. Eugenia Dunlap Potts
Argent, a fusil, purpure.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
He had then succeeded as to the lock both of the officer's fusil and the soldier's musket.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The party received forty-seven rifles, and a number of fusils with plenty of powder and lead.
"Great Indian Chief of the West" by Benjamin Drake