noun \pwäl-ˈyü, pwä-ˈlü; ˈpwäl-ˌyü, ˈpwä-ˌlü; pwä-ˈlue\

Definition of POILU

:  a French soldier; especially :  a front-line soldier in World War I

Origin of POILU

French, from poilu hairy, from Middle French, from poil hair, from Old French peil, Latin pilus
First Known Use: 1914


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