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[bom-ber-deer, -buh-]
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  1. Military. the member of a bombing plane crew who operates the bombsight and bomb-release mechanism.
  2. History/Historical. artilleryman.

Origin of bombardier

From Middle French, dating back to 1550–60; see origin at bombard, -ier2


[bom-ber-deer, -buh-, bom-bahr-dyey]
Trademark, Canadian.
  1. a snowmobilelike vehicle driven by an internal-combustion engine, equipped with caterpillar tracks at the rear, steered by skis at the front, and designed for travel over snow.

Origin of Bombardier

1945–50; after Canadian inventor and industrialist Armand Bombardier (died 1964), who designed it
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British Dictionary definitions for bombardier


  1. the member of a bomber aircrew responsible for aiming and releasing the bombs
  2. British a noncommissioned rank below the rank of sergeant in the Royal Artillery
  3. Also called: bombardier beetle any of various small carabid beetles of the genus Brachinus, esp B. crepitans of Europe, which defend themselves by ejecting a jet of volatile fluid

Word Origin

C16: from Old French: one directing a bombard; see bombard


  1. trademark Canadian a snow tractor, typically having caterpillar tracks at the rear and skis at the front

Word Origin

C20: named after J. A. Bombardier, Canadian inventor and manufacturer
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Word Origin and History for bombardier


1550s, soldier with a bombard, from French bombardier, from bombard (see bombard (n.)). In 17c.-18c. of soldiers who manned artillery (especially mortars and howitzers); meaning "one who aims the bombs in an aircraft" is attested 1932, American English.

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