Definition of rafale in US English:

rafale

noun

Military
  • A series of bursts of gunfire.

Origin

Early 20th century. From French rafale series of bursts of gunfire, specifically use of rafale gust of wind, further origin uncertain and disputed: see Trésor de la langue française at rafale and Französisches etymol. Wörterbuch at raff-.

Pronunciation

rafale

/rəˈfal/