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noun Military.
  1. an officer or soldier in charge of bridge equipment or the construction of pontoon bridges.
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Origin of pontonier

From the French word pontonnier, dating back to 1820–30. See pontoon1, -ier2
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Historical Examples

  • Pontonier′, Pontonnier′, one who has charge of a pontoon; Pontoon′-bridge, a platform or roadway supported upon pontoons.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


British Dictionary definitions for pontonier


  1. military obsolete a person in charge of or involved in building a pontoon bridge
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Word Origin

C19: from French pontonnier, from Latin pontō ferry boat, pontoon 1
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