a small shell containing an explosive and thrown by hand or fired from a rifle or launching device.
a similar missile containing a chemical, as for dispersing tear gas or fire-extinguishing substances.

verb (used with object), gre·nad·ed, gre·nad·ing.

to attack with a grenade or grenades.

Origin of grenade

1525–35; < French < Spanish granada pomegranate, special use of granado having grains < Latin grānātus. See grain, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for grenade

explosive, shell, missile, pineapple, fireball

Examples from the Web for grenade

Contemporary Examples of grenade

Historical Examples of grenade

  • I am to meet Monsieur de Marsac at Grenade on the day after to-morrow.

  • At Grenade, too I learnt the truth—that you were not Lesperon.

  • But if you were to have your head blown off by a grenade, you would be quite dead.

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  • Again I seized the wire with my left hand and hurled the grenade.

  • Just as the grenade was passing through the hole it exploded.

British Dictionary definitions for grenade



a small container filled with explosive thrown by hand or fired from a rifle
a sealed glass vessel that is thrown and shatters to release chemicals, such as tear gas or a fire extinguishing agent

Word Origin for grenade

C16: from French, from Spanish granada pomegranate, from Late Latin grānāta, from Latin grānātus seedy; see grain
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Word Origin and History for grenade

"small explosive shell," 1590s, earlier "pomegranate" (1520s), from Middle French grenade "pomegranate" (16c.), earlier grenate (12c.), from Old French pomegrenate (influenced by Spanish granada); so called because the many-seeded fruit suggested the powder-filled, fragmenting bomb, or from similarities of shape. See pomegranate.

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