a cavalry soldier wearing a cuirass.

Origin of cuirassier

From French, dating back to 1545–55; see origin at cuirass, -ier2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cuirassier

squadron, horse, army, lancers, bowlegs, dragoons

Examples from the Web for cuirassier

Historical Examples of cuirassier

  • The cuirassier, being heavier, and mounted on a slower horse, was distanced.

  • "Lay me on the grass, brother; I am dying," said the cuirassier faintly.

  • "However, there is some compensation for the hat," said the cuirassier, straightening his helmet.

    The Puppet Crown

    Harold MacGrath

  • "To-morrow we'll at it again," called out the cuirassier major.

  • Many a proud Uhlan and Cuirassier has to-day ridden to his death amid the dense mobs, mad with the lust of blood.

    The Invasion

    William Le Queux

British Dictionary definitions for cuirassier



a mounted soldier, esp of the 16th century, who wore a cuirass
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