- a member of a band of irregular soldiers that uses guerrilla warfare, harassing the enemy by surprise raids, sabotaging communication and supply lines, etc.
- pertaining to such fighters or their technique of warfare: guerrilla strongholds; guerrilla tactics.
Origin of guerrilla
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Contemporary Examples of guerilla
MIAMI — Fidel Castro seized power in January 1959 after waging a guerilla war against then-dictator Fulgencio Batista.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
So practically speaking, the Satanic Temple is less a religion than a small band of guerilla activists.Satan Is Coming to Oklahoma
December 10, 2013
Guerilla Games' Killzone: Shadow Fall is the best-looking videogame ever released on a home console.PlayStation 4 Review: The PS4 and the Gorgeous Next Generation of Gaming
November 15, 2013
Rumor had it that the two were sympathetic to the guerilla groups.Argentina’s Dirty War Casts a Pall Over Bergoglio
March 15, 2013
She spends her time carrying out a guerilla war of passive-aggressive acts against him that escalates with each passing day.This Week’s Hot Reads: Jan. 14, 2013
Jimmy So, G. Clay Whittaker
January 14, 2013
Historical Examples of guerilla
Dick believed from his gesture that he did not like the guerilla leader, or at least he hoped so.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
No, he's Federal, Confederate or guerilla as it may suit his bloody ends.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
His company was sent to break up a band of guerilla rancheros at Antigua.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
These places have been occupied for some time past by Mosby's guerilla bands.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
"It will be just the work to suit us," the guerilla chief said.Under Wellington's Command
G. A. Henty
- a member of an irregular usually politically motivated armed force that combats stronger regular forces, such as the army or police
- (as modifier)guerrilla warfare
- a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is from several individual rhizomes or stolons growing rapidly away from the centre, as in some cloversCompare phalanx
Word Origin for guerrilla
variant of guerrilla (q.v.); cf. French guérilla.
"fighter in an irregular, independent armed force," 1809, from Spanish guerrilla "body of skirmishers, skirmishing warfare," literally "little war," diminutive of guerra "war," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German werra "strife, conflict, war;" see war). Figurative use by 1861. As an adjective from 1811. Acquired by English during the Peninsular War (1808-1814); purists failed in their attempt to keep this word restricted to "irregular warfare" and prevent it taking on the sense properly belonging to guerrillero "guerrilla fighter."