[ kweer-uh-seer ]
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  1. a cavalry soldier wearing a cuirass.

Origin of cuirassier

From French, dating back to 1545–55; see origin at cuirass, -ier2

Words Nearby cuirassier Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cuirassier in a sentence

  • In 1814 followed the “Wounded cuirassier,” staggering across the field of battle and dragging his horse behind him.

  • When the Count received me he was clothed in the undress uniform of the cuirassier regiment, of which he was the colonel.

    The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete | General Philip Henry Sheridan
  • She stopped a cuirassier riding a lame horse, his own leg hastily bandaged with a piece of coloured calico.

    The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman
  • She haunted, therefore, the heights of Bazeilles, seeking among the dead one who wore the cuirassier uniform.

    The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman
  • 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


/ (ˌkwɪərəˈsɪə) /

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

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