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[kweer-uh-seer] /ˌkwɪər əˈsɪər/
a cavalry soldier wearing a cuirass.
Origin of cuirassier
From French, dating back to 1545-55; See origin at cuirass, -ier2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The cuirassier, being heavier, and mounted on a slower horse, was distanced.

  • "Lay me on the grass, brother; I am dying," said the cuirassier faintly.

  • "However, there is some compensation for the hat," said the cuirassier, straightening his helmet.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • "To-morrow we'll at it again," called out the cuirassier major.

  • Many a proud Uhlan and cuirassier has to-day ridden to his death amid the dense mobs, mad with the lust of blood.

    The Invasion

    William Le Queux
  • I don't say that in a charge, however well drilled, they could stand against one of our cuirassier regiments.

  • If he seemed such in the idle hours, on parade he was the beau ideal of a cuirassier.

  • The heavy boots of the cuirassier, the white leather apron of the sapeur, were drying along the marble benches of the terrace.

  • Glancing back from time to time, he allowed the cuirassier major to come near enough to make conversation possible.

  • The cuirassier fortunately recovered from his wounds; the duel was shown to be a thing forced by the stress of consequences.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for cuirassier


a mounted soldier, esp of the 16th century, who wore a cuirass
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