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a. A member of the British Grenadier Guards, the first regiment of the royal household infantry.
b. A soldier who is a member of a special corps or regiment.
c. A soldier equipped with grenades.
2. Any of various deep-sea fishes of the family Macrouridae, having a long tapering tail and lacking a tail fin. Also called rat-tail.

[French, from grenade, grenade; see grenade.]


1. (Military) military
a. (in the British Army) a member of the senior regiment of infantry in the Household Brigade
b. (formerly) a member of a special formation, usually selected for strength and height
c. (formerly) a soldier trained to throw grenades
2. (Animals) Also called: rat-tail any deep-sea gadoid fish of the family Macrouridae, typically having a large head and trunk and a long tapering tail
3. (Animals) any of various African weaverbirds of the genus Estrilda. See waxbill
[C17: from French]


(ˌgrɛn əˈdɪər)

1. a member of the first regiment of royal household infantry (Gren′adier Guards′) in the British Army.
2. a foot soldier in certain former elite units, specially selected for strength and courage.
3. (formerly) a soldier who threw grenades.
4. any deep-sea fish of the family Macrouridae, having an elongated, tapering tail.
[1670–80; < French; see grenade, -ier2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grenadier - an infantryman equipped with grenadesgrenadier - an infantryman equipped with grenades
foot soldier, footslogger, infantryman, marcher - fights on foot with small arms
2.grenadier - deep-sea fish with a large head and body and long tapering tail
gadoid, gadoid fish - a soft-finned fish of the family Gadidae


[ˌgrenəˈdɪəʳ] Ngranadero m


nGrenadier m
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Patrols of soldiers--here no longer hussars, but grenadiers in white--were warning people to move now or to take refuge in their cellars as soon as the firing began.
Before the doors of these pretending dwellings were placed a few saplings, either without branches or possessing only the feeble shoots of one or two summers’ growth, that looked not unlike tall grenadiers on post near the threshold of princes.
An intimate friend of Labedoyere, who contributed more than any other man, except the unfortunate colonel, to the union of the 7th regiment with the grenadiers of Elba.
COULD you give us 'British Grenadiers,' my fine fellow?
Their fine white ruffs; their petticoats of linsey- woolsey, striped red and blue; their white knitted stockings, with clocks embroidered in colors, well drawn upon their legs; the square-toed shoes of tawny leather with black soles, and, above all, their headgear, that sort of tinsel horn, loaded down with ribbons and laces, which the women of Champagne still wear, in company with the grenadiers of the imperial guard of Russia, announced that they belonged to that class wives which holds the middle ground between what the lackeys call a woman and what they term a lady.
The grenadiers of the two regiments got near enough to the ditches and intrenchments to launch their grenades, which had but small effect.
Not long since I read his epitaph in the old Lincoln burying-ground, a little on one side, near the unmarked graves of some British grenadiers who fell in the retreat from Concord -- where he is styled "Sippio Brister" -- Scipio Africanus he had some title to be called -- "a man of color," as if he were discolored.
And then follow "The British Grenadiers," "Billy Taylor," "The Siege of Seringapatam," "Three Jolly Postboys," and other vociferous songs in rapid succession, including "The Chesapeake and Shannon," a song lately introduced in honour of old Brooke; and when they come to the words,
And there, to my great pleasure and wonder, I beheld a regiment marching to the fifes, every foot in time; an old red-faced general on a grey horse at the one end, and at the other the company of Grenadiers, with their Pope's-hats.
demanded the grenadier, in the language and with the accent of a man from old France.
Look at the sailor, called the mincer, who now comes along, and assisted by two allies, heavily backs the grandissimus, as the mariners call it, and with bowed shoulders, staggers off with it as if he were a grenadier carrying a dead comrade from the field.
Tom humbly held the door for her, and she marched out as grim and erect as a grenadier.