noun \gə-ˈri-lə, ge-, g(y)i-\

: a member of a usually small group of soldiers who do not belong to a regular army and who fight in a war as an independent unit

Full Definition of GUERRILLA

:  a person who engages in irregular warfare especially as a member of an independent unit carrying out harassment and sabotage

Variants of GUERRILLA

guer·ril·la or gue·ril·la \gə-ˈri-lə, ge-, g(y)i-\

Examples of GUERRILLA

  1. The guerrillas controlled half the country.


Spanish guerrilla, from diminutive of guerra war, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German werra strife — more at war
First Known Use: 1809

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical



Definition of GUERRILLA

:  of, relating to, or suggestive of guerrillas especially in being aggressive, radical, or unconventional

First Known Use of GUERRILLA


Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with GUERRILLA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Member of an irregular military force fighting small-scale, fast-moving actions, usually in concert with an overall political-military strategy, against conventional military and police forces. Guerrilla tactics involve constantly shifting attacks, sabotage, and terrorism. The word (the diminutive of the Spanish guerra, “war”) was first used to describe Spanish-Portuguese irregulars who helped drive Napoleon's French army from the Iberian Peninsula in the early 19th century. The strategy of the guerrilla is to wear down the enemy until he can be defeated in conventional battle or to subject him to so much military and political pressure that he sues for peace. The Chinese general Sunzi (5th century BC) was one of the first to write down the theories of guerrilla warfare.


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