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[lee-juh-nair] /ˌli dʒəˈnɛər/
(often initial capital letter) a member of the American Legion.
a member of any legion; legionary.
Origin of legionnaire
From French, dating back to 1810-20; See origin at legionary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And a legionnaire has no business with women, even as friends.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • There need be no past for a legionnaire, but there might be a future.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • It took years to train a legionnaire and a lot of money to equip an army and keep it in the field.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • After this whisper, the legionnaire drew back, his look asking for an answer by nod or shake of the head.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • Then he raised his eyes and fixed them upon the legionnaire as if wondering how far he might be in his colonel's confidence.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • The unpardonable sin of a deserting legionnaire is to rob France of the uniform lent him for his soldiering.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for legionnaire


(often capital) a member of certain military forces or associations, such as the French Foreign Legion or the British Legion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for legionnaire

1818, from French légionnaire, from légion (see legion). Legionnaires' Disease, caused by Legionella pneumophilia, was named after the lethal outbreak of July 1976 at the American Legion convention in Philadelphia's Bellevue Stratford Hotel. Hence Legionella as the name of the bacterium that causes it.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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