- grenade launcher,
Origin of grenadier
Examples from the Web for grenadier
A Grenadier Guards sergeant who was among the audience told the paper, "It was really tip-top."Seven Amazing Pictures of Future Queen Cross-Dressing in Teenage Pantomime Role|Tom Sykes|December 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Tonight, he will host a dinner at Buckingham Palace in his role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
A Grenadier Guardsman would serve the couple “gin and orange and beef sandwiches by the open fire.”
Even her professional eye no longer distinguished regiment from regiment, dragoon from grenadier, Uhlan from Hussar or Landsturm.Somewhere in France|Richard Harding Davis
One girl, said to be only eighteen years old, was quite six feet high, with limbs that would fit a grenadier.In the Russian Ranks|John Morse
I was then reckless of everything; and, being in the grenadier company, I volunteered for the forlorn hope.
Wolfe had ordered the Louisbourg Grenadiers and the ten other grenadier companies of the army to form up and rush the redoubt.The Winning of Canada: A Chronicle of Wolf|William Wood
After a variety of adventures, he at length enlisted himself as a grenadier in the regiment of Dillon.
- (in the British Army) a member of the senior regiment of infantry in the Household Brigade
- (formerly) a member of a special formation, usually selected for strength and height
- (formerly) a soldier trained to throw grenades
Word Origin for grenadier
1670s, originally a word for soldiers "who were dexterous in flinging hand-granados" [Evelyn], from French grenadier (15c.), from Middle French grenade "grenade" (see grenade); later "the tallest and finest men in the regiment" [OED].