[ber-suh l-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-re]

noun, plural ber·sa·glie·ri [ber-suh l-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-ree] /ˌbɛr səlˈyɛər i; Italian ˌbɛr sɑˈlyɛ ri/.

one of a class of riflemen or sharpshooters in the Italian army.

Nearby words

  1. berry spoon,
  2. berry, chuck,
  3. berryfruit,
  4. berryman,
  5. berryman, john,
  6. berseem,
  7. berserk,
  8. berserker,
  9. bert,
  10. berth

Origin of bersagliere

1860–65; < Italian: literally, marksman, equivalent to bersagl(io) target (< Old French bersail; bers(er) to hunt (perhaps < Germanic; compare Middle High German birsen, German birschen, pirschen to hunt) + -ail noun suffix) + -iere -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bersagliere

  • A Bersagliere prisoner who recognised the King, at a sign from him gave the required testimony, and he was allowed to pass.

    The Liberation of Italy|Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • An Austrian corporal fell, mortally wounded by a Bersagliere whom he conjured, in Italian, to listen to what he had got to say.

    The Liberation of Italy|Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • Loud voices are singing the Bersagliere hymn as a duet under my window.

  • A newsboy was calling out the Fanfulla and the Bersagliere for sale.

    The conquest of Rome|Matilde Serao

British Dictionary definitions for bersagliere


noun plural -ri (-riː)

a member of a rifle regiment in the Italian Army

Word Origin for bersagliere

C19: from Italian, from bersaglio target, from Old French bersail, from berser to fire at

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