poilu

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French poilu (brave).

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Noun[edit]

poilu (plural poilus)

  1. (historical) A French infantryman during the First World War

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From poil +‎ -u; compare Spanish peludo. The figurative sense entered the language through French military slang.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

poilu (feminine singular poilue, masculine plural poilus, feminine plural poilues)

  1. hairy
  2. (dated, figuratively) brave, courageous; energetic [late 19th c.]

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Noun[edit]

poilu m (plural poilus)

  1. (historical) poilu (French soldier during World War I)

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