Definition of feu de joie in English:

feu de joie


  • A rifle salute fired by soldiers on a ceremonial occasion, each soldier firing in succession along the ranks to make a continuous sound.

    • ‘The feu de joie - literally, ‘the firing of joy’ - began with companies discharging their muskets one soldier at a time, going from right to left and back to front.’
    • ‘Significantly, the feu de joie - which posed a real test of military skill - was dropped around this time.’


Early 18th century: French, literally fire of joy.


feu de joie

/ˌfə də ˈZHwä/