Main definitions of fusil in US English:

: fusil1fusil2

fusil1

noun

historical
  • A light flintlock musket.

    • ‘The orders passed by the various ‘Titons’, stipulated that there should be 30,000 fusils in the Magasin Royal des Armes at all times during times of war and 12,000 during times of peace.’
    • ‘Beside you, wrapped in your capote against the dampness, is your fusil.’
    • ‘Fusilier regiments were composed of soldiers armed only with fusils, unlike line regiments which comprised both musketmen and pikemen.’
    • ‘Checking the Caywood Website showed this French fusil, once returned, would be available for $1,485 plus shipping (this reflects an additional $100 for the optional brass lockplate).’
    • ‘These fusils were of great demand in Canada by the Indians, traders, hunters and even the military units.’
    • ‘The fusil is fitted with an unusual brass lock-plate.’

Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a flint in a tinderbox): from French, based on Latin focus ‘hearth, fire’.

Pronunciation

fusil

/ˈfjuzəl//ˈfyo͞ozəl/

Main definitions of fusil in US English:

: fusil1fusil2

fusil2

noun

Heraldry
  • An elongated lozenge.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French fusel, from a diminutive of Latin fusus ‘spindle’.

Pronunciation

fusil

/ˈfjuzəl//ˈfyo͞ozəl/