franc-ti·​reur ˌfräⁿ-(ˌ)tē-ˈrər How to pronounce franc-tireur (audio)
: a civilian and especially a guerrilla fighter or sniper

Word History


French, from franc free + tireur shooter

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of franc-tireur was in 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Franc-tireur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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