foreign legion


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foreign legion

n.
A unit of a nation's army consisting primarily of foreign volunteers, often tasked with fighting wars in colonies.

foreign legion

n
(Military) a body of foreign volunteers serving in an army, esp that of France

for′eign le′gion


n.
a military unit made up of foreign volunteers in the service of a nation.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foreign legion - a military unit composed of foreign volunteers who serve the stateforeign legion - a military unit composed of foreign volunteers who serve the state
legion - a large military unit; "the French Foreign Legion"
French Foreign Legion - a former foreign legion in the French army that was used for military duties outside of France
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Captain Armand Jacot of the Foreign Legion sat upon an outspread saddle blanket at the foot of a stunted palm tree.
This was Commandant O'Brien, of the French Foreign Legion.
A few of his ivory teeth deserted, though the keenest observers of human life were unable to discover to what body they had hitherto belonged, whether to a foreign legion or whether they were indigenous, vegetable or animal; whether age had pulled them from the chevalier's mouth, or whether they were left forgotten in the drawer of his dressing-table.
Contract notice: construction of a building for single executives at the institution of invalids of the foreign legion (iile) to the domain captain danjou puyloubier (13114).
A STUDENT who vanished for four months sparking an international police hunt had ran off to join the Foreign Legion.
But the French Foreign Legion is a part of the French military, is led by French officers, takes its orders exclusively from Paris, offers its legionnaires the opportunity to apply for French citizenship and serves only the French government.
1916: The government broke the bad news that there would be a decrease in the supply of imported malt, hops and sugar which could lead to beers being made weaker 1831: The French Foreign Legion was founded by King Louis Philippe, with headquarters at Sidi-bel-Abbes in Algeria.
Cardiff-based Branson/ Parker have worked miracles for their bands Legion, Nightstalker and Foreign Legion, over the last 12 months.
In essence, this is already not an army, but a foreign legion, in this case NATO's foreign legion that certainly does not pursue the goal of defending Ukraine's national interests," the president said, Itar-Tass reported.
In a report by local newspaper Izvestia, it was MP Roman Khudyakov, a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker, who proposed the creation of a military unit manned exclusively by foreigners, similar to France's foreign legion.
They went to fight in the Spanish civil war, join the Foreign Legion, and in India became Maoist rebels.
David Ulrich, 35, a Czech national who served in his country's army before joining the French Foreign Legion and serving in conflicts in Kosovo and Africa, admitted 11 counts of fraud by obtaining money through false representation at Swansea Crown Court today.

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