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  1. tirailleurnoun

    an infantry soldier

    Etymology: from tirailler, to skirmish

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tirailleurnoun

    formerly, a member of an independent body of marksmen in the French army. They were used sometimes in front of the army to annoy the enemy, sometimes in the rear to check his pursuit. The term is now applied to all troops acting as skirmishers


  1. Tirailleur

    Tirailleur literally means a shooting skirmisher in French from tir—shot. The term dates back to the Napoleonic period where it was used to designate light infantry trained to skirmish ahead of the main columns. Subsequently "tirailleurs" was used by the French Army as a designation for infantry recruited in the French colonial territories during the 19th and 20th centuries or for metropolitan units serving in a light infantry role.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tirailleur

    ti-ra-lyėr′, n. a skirmisher, sharpshooter.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tirailleur

    A skirmisher, often put in front of the line to annoy the enemy, and draw off his attention; or they are left behind to amuse and stop his progress in the pursuit; a rifleman.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tirailleur in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tirailleur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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