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guer·ril·la

or gue·ril·la  (gə-rĭl′ə)
n.
A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary force operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy, as by surprise raids.
adj.
1. Of or relating to guerrillas or their tactics.
2. Using unconventional and usually inexpensive means to generate interest or raise concern among the public, as in commercial marketing or social activism.

[Spanish, raiding party, guerrilla force, diminutive of guerra, war, of Germanic origin; see wers- in Indo-European roots.]

guerrilla

(ɡəˈrɪlə) or

guerilla

n
1. (Military)
a. a member of an irregular usually politically motivated armed force that combats stronger regular forces, such as the army or police
b. (as modifier): guerrilla warfare.
2. (Botany) a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is from several individual rhizomes or stolons growing rapidly away from the centre, as in some clovers. Compare phalanx
[C19: from Spanish, diminutive of guerra war]
guerˈrillaism, gueˈrillaism n

guer•ril•la

or gue•ril•la

(gəˈrɪl ə)

n., pl. -las.
a member of a band of irregular soldiers engaged in guerrilla warfare.
[1800–10; < Sp, diminutive of guerra war (< Germanic; compare war1)]

guerrilla

, gorilla - Guerrilla is from a Spanish diminutive of guerra, "war," and refers to a soldier of an independent armed resistance force; gorilla is the ape.
See also related terms for soldier.

guerrilla

A combat participant in guerrilla warfare. See also unconventional warfare.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guerrilla - a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassmentguerrilla - a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
guerilla force, guerrilla force - an irregular armed force that fights by sabotage and harassment; often rural and organized in large groups
Maquis, Maquisard - a guerrilla fighter in the French underground in World War II
urban guerrilla - a guerrilla who fights only in cities and towns
warrior - someone engaged in or experienced in warfare

guerrilla

noun freedom fighter, partisan, irregular, underground fighter, member of the underground or resistance The guerrillas threatened to kill their hostages.
Translations
partisaanisissisissisota
gverilec

guerrilla

[gəˈrɪlə]
A. Nguerrillero/a m/f
urban guerrillaguerrillero/a m/f urbano/a
B. CPD guerrilla band Nguerrilla f
guerrilla warfare Nguerra f de guerrillas

guerrilla

[gəˈrɪlə] nguérillero m guerrilla group, guerrilla leader, guerrilla warguerrilla group nguérilla fguerrilla leader nchef m de la guérillaguerrilla war nguérilla fguerrilla warfare nguérilla f

guerrilla

[gəˈrɪlə] nguerrigliero/a
guerrilla group → gruppo di guerriglieri
guerrilla tactics → tattica di guerriglia
References in classic literature ?
When "Dixie" was being played a dark-haired young man sprang up from somewhere with a Mosby guerrilla yell and waved frantically his soft- brimmed hat.
Other groups, bested, fled among the trees to carry on guerrilla warfare, emerging in sudden dashes to overwhelm isolated enemies.
The brigands scattered at the signal, not in confusion, but in what was evidently a kind of guerrilla discipline.
Communist guerrillas said on Thursday that a government court petition to have them designated as terrorists is a desperate attempt to alienate them from the people, but insisted they are still open to talks to peacefully settle one of Asia's longest-raging insurgencies.
Security had been tripled at the construction site of the Bicol International Airport (BIA) project days after an attack being blamed on New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas but which a project contractor doubted.
Guns and Rain: Guerrillas and Spirit Mediums in Zimbabwe (London: James Currey, 1985), p.
In these counties, the private economy was better developed in the long run than in the counties where local guerrillas had been weak.
Guerrillas of Afghan-Pakistani zone, and countries of CIS and Europe actively come down on the side of the Syrian opposition, director of Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation Alexander Bortnikov said on May 15 at the press conference in Kyrgyzstan.
The guerrillas in Afghanistan organized themselves in part based on shattered conventional Taliban and al Qaeda forces, but more often based on local Pushtun communities justifying their struggle with the defense of Islam and the neighborhood.
This war saw the emergence of guerrillas (Spanish for "little wars"), in which mobile bands of freelance fighters harassed the enemy and helped the allies defeat the French.