noun, plural poi·lus [pwah-looz; French pwa-ly] /ˈpwɑ luz; French pwaˈlü/.
Origin of poilu
Examples from the Web for poilu
Their murmurs rose to violent protest on behalf of the poilu.
The poilu is leading a mule, a nice, gentle mule, carrying ammunition to a machine-gun section.A Blue Devil of France|G. P. Capart
The poilu put him down as an Italian cavalry officer, and expressed the further hope that Italy would endure for ever.
The poilu, for he still was the soldier, passed on and confronted Von Holwitz.The Wasted Generation|Owen Johnson
The poilu was a middle-aged man, and very drunk on some foul spirit which he had bought in a low cafe down by the river.
British Dictionary definitions for poilu
Word Origin for poilu
Word Origin and History for poilu
French private soldier, 1914, from French poilu, literally "hairy," from poil "hair," not of the head, but of beards, animal coats, etc., from Latin pilus (see pile (n.3)). In 19c. French the adjective had a secondary sense of "strong, brave, courageous" (Balzac).