bombardier

noun
bom·​bar·​dier | \ ˌbäm-bə-ˈdir How to pronounce bombardier (audio) , -bər- \

Definition of bombardier

1a archaic : artilleryman
b : a noncommissioned officer in the British artillery
2 : a bomber-crew member who releases the bombs

Examples of bombardier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McMackin was a 26-year-old bombardier on a B-24 Liberator that participated in Operation Tidal Wave on Aug. 1, 1943. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Dad played football as a freshman in the fall of 1942, served two years as a bombardier on a B-17, and then returned to play three more years of football, meet my mother and finally graduate in 1948. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 3 Jan. 2021 Cindy’s father Jim Hensley, a WWII bombardier, had introduced his daughter, barely out of grad school, to Capt. Town & Country, 21 Oct. 2020 As part of the 10-man crew, Granat, the bombardier, and Parker, the navigator, would lead 41 aircraft from the 491st Bombardment Group on a difficult re-supply mission over German-occupied Holland. oregonlive, 24 May 2020 The bombardier applied a tourniquet and shot him with morphine but the leg could not be saved; it was amputated the next day. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Jan. 2020 Christopher Abbott also secured a nomination for his portrayal of a bombardier desperate to complete his missions in the waning days of the war. Meredith Blake, chicagotribune.com, 8 Dec. 2019 Shrapnel peppered his aircraft, fatally injuring the bombardier and nearly severing the navigator’s leg. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2019 The bombardier, Grunder said, saved his life by tying a tourniquet. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 5 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bombardier

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bombardier

borrowed from Middle French, "one in charge of a bombard," from bombarde bombard entry 1 + -ier -eer

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15 Apr 2022

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“Bombardier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bombardier. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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