[ gren-uh-deer ]
/ ˌgrɛn əˈdɪər /


(in the British army) a member of the first regiment of household infantry (Grenadier Guards).
(formerly) a specially selected foot soldier in certain elite units.
(formerly) a soldier who threw grenades.
Also called rat-tail, rat tail. any of several deep-sea fishes of the family Macrouridae, having an elongated, tapering tail.

Origin of grenadier

From French, dating back to 1670–80; see origin at grenade, -ier2


gren·a·dier·i·al, adjectivegren·a·dier·ly, adverbgren·a·dier·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grenadier

/ (ˌɡrɛnəˈdɪə) /


  1. (in the British Army) a member of the senior regiment of infantry in the Household Brigade
  2. (formerly) a member of a special formation, usually selected for strength and height
  3. (formerly) a soldier trained to throw grenades
Also called: rat-tail any deep-sea gadoid fish of the family Macrouridae, typically having a large head and trunk and a long tapering tail
any of various African weaverbirds of the genus EstrildaSee waxbill

Word Origin for grenadier

C17: from French; see grenade
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