- the branch of an army specializing in the use of heavy mounted guns
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of artillery
- Middle English artillerie from Old French from artillier to equip perhaps alteration of atiller from Vulgar Latin apticulāre from Latin aptāre to fit, adapt from aptus apt apt
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English artillerie, from Old French artillerie.