- a member of a band of irregular soldiers that uses guerrilla warfare, harassing the enemy by surprise raids, sabotaging communication and supply lines, etc.
- pertaining to such fighters or their technique of warfare: guerrilla strongholds; guerrilla tactics.
Origin of guerrilla
Examples from the Web for guerrilla
The company decided to use what Okochi calls “guerrilla marketing.”In Japan, Zima Haz No Zexual Preference
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
September 13, 2014
Guerrilla forces have been taking people hostage since warfare began.Bowe Bergdahl Is the Right’s New Benghazi
June 2, 2014
Another plausible and perhaps less risky measure: help prepare Ukrainians for guerrilla war against an invading Russian force.Obama Must Show He’ll Use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 30, 2014
Rather it is the time to increase the size and tempo of guerrilla attacks even through the coming, bitterly cold Afghan winter.Taliban’s Quetta Shura Meet in Islamabad to Press for Peace
November 1, 2013
Indeed, the Sinai has been reduced to a state of conflict almost like guerrilla war.In Egypt’s Countryside, Vendettas Between Police and Islamists Simmer
Mike Giglio, Christopher Dickey
October 28, 2013
There was no excuse ever attempted; no pretense that he was a guerrilla.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
Then he felt that there would be no use in keeping the guerrilla at the plantation.
"I mean all of yer are prisoners, thet's wot I mean," drawled the guerrilla.
Yes, Ben; he had me taken from the stable, where I had gone to watch that guerrilla.
With Stephanie she was generally in a state of guerrilla warfare.For the Sake of the School
- a member of an irregular usually politically motivated armed force that combats stronger regular forces, such as the army or police
- (as modifier)guerrilla warfare
- a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is from several individual rhizomes or stolons growing rapidly away from the centre, as in some cloversCompare phalanx
Word Origin and History for guerrilla
"fighter in an irregular, independent armed force," 1809, from Spanish guerrilla "body of skirmishers, skirmishing warfare," literally "little war," diminutive of guerra "war," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German werra "strife, conflict, war;" see war). Figurative use by 1861. As an adjective from 1811. Acquired by English during the Peninsular War (1808-1814); purists failed in their attempt to keep this word restricted to "irregular warfare" and prevent it taking on the sense properly belonging to guerrillero "guerrilla fighter."