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[mon-tuh n-yahrd, -yahr]
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noun, plural Mon·ta·gnards, (especially collectively) Mon·ta·gnard.
  1. (sometimes lowercase) a member of a dark-skinned people of mixed ethnic origins inhabiting the highland areas of Vietnam.

Origin of Montagnard

1835–45; < French: literally, mountaineer. See mountain, -ard
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Historical Examples

  • A Montagnard exclaimed, "He is choking with the blood of Danton."

    Lectures on the French Revolution

    John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

  • Probably it is in a country where the language would be the Montagnard.

  • The young artillery commander was considered by all at Nice to be a pronounced (p. 242) "Montagnard," that is, an extreme Jacobin.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

    William Milligan Sloane

  • Each Montagnard is a Jupiter in his own conceit, and hurls his thunderbolt with what force he may.

British Dictionary definitions for montagnard


noun plural -gnards or -gnard
  1. a member of a hill people living on the border between Vietnam, Laos, and NE Cambodia
  2. a member of a North American Indian people living in the N Rocky Mountains

Word Origin

C19: from French: mountaineer, from montagne mountain
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Word Origin and History for montagnard


"mountaineer, highlander," 1842, from French montagnard, from montagne (12c., see mountain).

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