Origin of guerrilla
Examples from the Web for guerrilla
The company decided to use what Okochi calls “guerrilla marketing.”
Guerrilla forces have been taking people hostage since warfare began.
Another plausible and perhaps less risky measure: help prepare Ukrainians for guerrilla war against an invading Russian force.Obama Must Show He’ll Use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine|Leslie H. Gelb|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rather it is the time to increase the size and tempo of guerrilla attacks even through the coming, bitterly cold Afghan winter.Taliban’s Quetta Shura Meet in Islamabad to Press for Peace|Ron Moreau|November 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, the Sinai has been reduced to a state of conflict almost like guerrilla war.In Egypt’s Countryside, Vendettas Between Police and Islamists Simmer|Mike Giglio, Christopher Dickey|October 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Guerrilla and his antagonist afterward became acquainted, and were warm personal friends.Life and adventures of Frank and Jesse James|J. A. Dacus
When told their plan was to run to the house formerly used as a guerrilla camp, we laughed heartily.A Confederate Girl's Diary|Sarah Margan Dawson
Many of Mr. Baily's neighbors are members of the guerrilla bands, and all of them willing spies and informers.The Citizen-Soldier|John Beatty
In this guerrilla the archer, though he kept his place, soon ceased to be the mainstay of battle.
Flying columns are mostly used in savage or guerrilla warfare.
British Dictionary definitions for guerrilla
- 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
Word Origin for guerrilla
Word Origin and History for guerrilla
"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."