franc-tireur

[ frahn-tee-rœr ]
/ frɑ̃ tiˈrœr /
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noun, plural francs-ti·reurs [frahn-tee-rœr] /frɑ̃ tiˈrœr/. French.

a sharpshooter in the French army.

Origin of franc-tireur

First recorded in 1800–10
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franc-tireur

/ French (frɑ̃tirœr) /

noun

a sniper
a guerrilla or irregular soldier

Word Origin for franc-tireur

C19: from franc free + tireur shooter, from tirer to shoot, of unknown origin
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