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[ 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.

Nearby words

grenache, grenada, grenade, grenade launcher, grenadian, grenadier, grenadilla, grenadine, grenadines, grendel, grenfell

Origin of grenadier

From French, dating back to 1670–80; see origin at grenade, -ier2
Related formsgren·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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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].

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