Definition of petronel in US English:

petronel

noun

historical
  • 1A large pistol or carbine used in the 16th and early 17th centuries, especially by cavalry.

  • 2A soldier armed with a petronel; = "petronellier".

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Gascoigne (d. 1577), author and soldier. Apparently from Middle French petrinal, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

petronel

/ˈpɛtrənl/