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[ber-suh l-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-re] /ˌbɛr səlˈyɛər i; Italian ˌbɛr sɑˈlyɛ rɛ/
noun, plural bersaglieri
[ber-suh l-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-ree] /ˌbɛr səlˈyɛər i; Italian ˌbɛr sɑˈlyɛ ri/ (Show IPA)
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 Unabridged
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  • A newsboy was calling out the Fanfulla and the bersagliere for sale.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • A bersagliere prisoner who recognised the King, at a sign from him gave the required testimony, and he was allowed to pass.

    The Liberation of Italy

    Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • An Austrian corporal fell, mortally wounded by a bersagliere whom he conjured, in Italian, to listen to what he had got to say.

    The Liberation of Italy

    Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • Loud voices are singing the bersagliere hymn as a duet under my window.

British Dictionary definitions for bersagliere


noun (pl) -ri (-riː)
a member of a rifle regiment in the Italian Army
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from bersaglio target, from Old French bersail, from berser to fire at
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