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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Lorry observed to be all of a red colour, and to have red hair, and to be dressed in some extraordinary tight-fitting fashion, and to have on her head a most wonderful bonnet like a Grenadier wooden measure, and good measure too, or a great Stilton cheese, came running into the room in advance of the inn servants, and soon settled the question of his detachment from the poor young lady, by laying a brawny hand upon his chest, and sending him flying back against the nearest wall.
A respectable lady, built on the lines of a Pomeranian grenadier, burst into the dressing-room and dropped groaning into a vacant arm-chair.
One, two--get out of the way," cried a colossal grenadier.
Phileas Fogg was seated squarely in his armchair, his feet close together like those of a grenadier on parade, his hands resting on his knees, his body straight, his head erect; he was steadily watching a complicated clock which indicated the hours, the minutes, the seconds, the days, the months, and the years.
His usual attitude and carriage were of a rather relaxed and lounging kind, but when under a special inspiration, he straightened himself, he looked like a grenadier on parade.
Whole nations fought against nations in tremendous battles, at Dresden, Lutzen, and Bautzen, and then it was that France showed extraordinary heroism, for you must all of you bear in mind that in those times a stout grenadier only lasted six months.
If Valentin's quick eye had caught a tall apple-woman, a tall grenadier, or even a tolerably tall duchess, he might have arrested them on the spot.
When the centinel first saw our heroe approach, his hair began gently to lift up his grenadier cap; and in the same instant his knees fell to blows with each other.
Worthy Miss Pinkerton, although she had a Roman nose and a turban, and was as tall as a grenadier, and had been up to this time an irresistible princess, had no will or strength like that of her little apprentice, and in vain did battle against her, and tried to overawe her.