[ bom-ber-deer, -buh- ]
/ ˌbɒm bərˈdɪər, -bə- /


Military. the member of a bombing plane crew who operates the bombsight and bomb-release mechanism.
History/Historical. artilleryman.

Nearby words

  1. bomb site,
  2. bomb squad,
  3. bombacaceous,
  4. bombard,
  5. bombarde,
  6. bombardier beetle,
  7. bombardment,
  8. bombardon,
  9. bombasine,
  10. bombast

Origin of bombardier

From Middle French, dating back to 1550–60; see origin at bombard, -ier2


[ bom-ber-deer, -buh-, bom-bahr-dyey ]
/ ˌbɒm bərˈdɪər, -bə-, ˌbɒm bɑrˈdyeɪ /

Trademark, Canadian.

a snowmobilelike vehicle driven by an internal-combustion engine, equipped with caterpillar tracks at the rear, steered by skis at the front, and designed for travel over snow.

Origin of Bombardier

1945–50; after Canadian inventor and industrialist Armand Bombardier (died 1964), who designed it Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bombardier


/ (ˌbɒmbəˈdɪə) /


the member of a bomber aircrew responsible for aiming and releasing the bombs
British a noncommissioned rank below the rank of sergeant in the Royal Artillery
Also called: bombardier beetle any of various small carabid beetles of the genus Brachinus, esp B. crepitans of Europe, which defend themselves by ejecting a jet of volatile fluid

Word Origin for bombardier

C16: from Old French: one directing a bombard; see bombard


/ (ˌbɒmbəˈdɪə) /


trademark Canadian a snow tractor, typically having caterpillar tracks at the rear and skis at the front

Word Origin for Bombardier

C20: named after J. A. Bombardier, Canadian inventor and manufacturer

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Word Origin and History for bombardier



1550s, soldier with a bombard, from French bombardier, from bombard (see bombard (n.)). In 17c.-18c. of soldiers who manned artillery (especially mortars and howitzers); meaning "one who aims the bombs in an aircraft" is attested 1932, American English.

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