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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
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