chasseur

chasseur

[sha-sur; French sha-sœr]
noun, plural chasseurs [sha-surz; French sha-sœr] .
1.
(in the French army) one of a body of cavalry or infantry troops equipped and trained for rapid movement.
2.
a uniformed footman or attendant; liveried servant.
3.
a hunter.
4.
Also called hunter's sauce. French Cookery. a brown sauce, usually containing mushrooms, tomatoes, shallots, white wine, etc.

Origin:
1790–1800; < French: literally, chaser; see chase1, -eur

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chasseur (ʃæˈsɜː, French ʃasœr)
 
n
1.  French army a member of a unit specially trained and equipped for swift deployment
2.  (in some parts of Europe, esp formerly) a uniformed attendant, esp one in the livery of a huntsman
 
adj
3.  (often postpositive) designating or cooked in a sauce consisting of white wine and mushrooms
 
[C18: from French: huntsman]

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chasseur
1796, Fr., lit. "huntsman" (see chase).
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chasseur

(French: "hunter"), member of various branches of the French army. Originally (1743) chasseurs, or chasseurs a pied ("on foot"), were light-infantry regiments. By the outbreak of World War I there were 31 battalions of chasseurs of which 12 were known as chasseurs alpins-units specially trained for mountain warfare. After World War I, chasseurs were formed as independent battalions for administrative purposes but were grouped into demibrigades of three battalions for war. Just prior to World War II a few battalions were integrated into armoured divisions as motorized infantry called chasseurs portes

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