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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.
guer·ril·laor gue·ril·la (gə-rĭl′ə)
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.
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.
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
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.
A combat participant in guerrilla warfare. See also unconventional warfare.
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|Noun||1.||guerrilla - 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
urban guerrilla - a guerrilla who fights only in cities and towns
warrior - someone engaged in or experienced in warfare