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guerrilla

a member of an irregular military force: They used guerrilla tactics to overthrow the city.
Not to be confused with:
gorilla – an ape: It was the second time the gorilla escaped from the zoo.
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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.]
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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
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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)]
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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.
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guerrilla

A combat participant in guerrilla warfare. See also unconventional warfare.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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
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guerrilla

noun freedom fighter, partisan, irregular, underground fighter, member of the underground or resistance The guerrillas threatened to kill their hostages.
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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
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guerrilla

[gəˈrɪlə] nguerrigliero/a
guerrilla group → gruppo di guerriglieri
guerrilla tactics → tattica di guerriglia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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.
He added rebels attack government forces who raid or infiltrate guerrilla zones,
(4) The politico-military training included what was referred to as the reporting system which prepared the nationalist guerrilla fighters for the task of compiling reports of their activities in the battle field.
Earlier this month, Hideo Kojima revealed that "Death Stranding" will be powered by Guerrilla Games' Decima Engine, the same engine that runs "Horizon Zero Dawn." In a set of tweets this past Saturday, Kojima likened the use of the game engine to the Space Race during the Cold War.
Well, on the surface it might seem a no-brainer, but according to a recent study by university professor Peter Larkham, not everyone takes kindly to guerrilla gardeners cultivating land that they often do not have the legal right to use.
Killzone Mercenary developer Guerrilla Cambridge is hiring for work on a PlayStation 4 title, a job listing posted for the studio last week revealed.
In the case of Zhejiang, the pre-1949 revolutionary experience led to the power struggle between two elite groups, the guerrilla cadre group and the southbound cadre group, in the province after 1949.
INVISIBLE ARMIES: AN EPIC HISTORY OF GUERRILLA WARFARE FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE PRESENT