guerrilla warfare


the use of hit-and-run tactics by small, mobile groups of irregular forces operating in territory controlled by a hostile, regular force.

Nearby words

  1. guernsey,
  2. guernsey lily,
  3. guerrero,
  4. guerrilla,
  5. guerrilla theater,
  6. guesclin,
  7. guesclin, bertrand du,
  8. guesde,
  9. guesde, jules,
  10. guess

Origin of guerrilla warfare

First recorded in 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Culture definitions for guerrilla warfare

guerrilla warfare


Wars fought with hit-and-run tactics by small groups against an invader or against an established government. (See counterinsurgency.)

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