[ber-suh l-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-re]
- one of a class of riflemen or sharpshooters in the Italian army.
Origin of bersagliere
1860–65; < Italian: literally, marksman, equivalent to bersagl(io) target (< Old French bersail; bers(er) to hunt (perhaps < Germanic; compare Middle High German birsen, German birschen, pirschen to hunt) + -ail noun suffix) + -iere -ary
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A newsboy was calling out the Fanfulla and the Bersagliere for sale.The conquest of Rome
A Bersagliere prisoner who recognised the King, at a sign from him gave the required testimony, and he was allowed to pass.
An Austrian corporal fell, mortally wounded by a Bersagliere whom he conjured, in Italian, to listen to what he had got to say.
Loud voices are singing the Bersagliere hymn as a duet under my window.Recollections Of My Childhood And Youth
- a member of a rifle regiment in the Italian Army
C19: from Italian, from bersaglio target, from Old French bersail, from berser to fire at
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