- (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
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
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Tonight, he will host a dinner at Buckingham Palace in his role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.Prince Philip Is Back!
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A Grenadier Guardsman would serve the couple “gin and orange and beef sandwiches by the open fire.”12 Juicy Bits From the Prince Philip Biography
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I sat up straight as a grenadier, my shoulders absurdly stiff.The Bacillus of Beauty
"Spoke like a British Grenadier," cried Billy, with enthusiasm.The Fortunes Of Glencore
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As my eye flashed upon them, they stiffened up like grenadier recruits.The O'Ruddy
She charges me like a grenadier and asks me to give her—guess a little what!The Tragic Muse
It went to my heart that the grenadier was out of the question.The King's Mirror
- (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
- 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 and History 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].