gre·​nade | \ grə-ˈnād How to pronounce grenade (audio) \

Definition of grenade

: a small missile that contains an explosive or a chemical agent (such as tear gas, a flame producer, or a smoke producer) and that is thrown by hand or projected (as by a rifle or special launcher)

Examples of grenade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The creature slips down a manhole and finds, in the bowels of Tokyo, a tattered imperial flag, grenades from the Sino-Japanese War, and a sign supporting the imperial forces of Nanking. Moeko Fujii, The New Yorker, "Watching Tokyo Through the Eyes of Outsiders," 16 Dec. 2019 Cartel members fired hundreds of rounds and hurled grenades and jugs of gasoline. Beth Warren,, "A ruthless Mexican drug lord’s empire is devastating families with its grip on small-town USA," 25 Nov. 2019 On a cold February day in 1999, David Turner and several accomplices, armed with a hand grenade and six guns, were on their way to rob an armored car depot in Easton when they were arrested in an FBI sting., "secretly got that sentence trimmed by seven years," 14 Nov. 2019 The deaths came hours after security forces cleared three bridges of protesters, using stun grenades and tear gas amid heavy clashes., "Security forces in Iraq open fire on protesters, killing at least 6," 9 Nov. 2019 The citation for Bucha’s Medal of Honor says in part that the U.S. Army captain, a company commander in the 101st Airborne Division, crawled through heavy enemy fire in March 1968 to single-handedly destroy a bunker with hand grenades. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Connecticut’s fallen fighters honored at memorial dedication in East Hartford," 9 Nov. 2019 As some tried to cross the bridge to reach the fortified Green Zone — home to government offices and foreign embassies — police started throwing stun grenades and firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse them. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Anti-government protests in Iraq lead to clashes, killing 2," 1 Oct. 2019 Philadelphia police found 39 firearms, eight grenades and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition in the 75-year-old man's house, the department's public affairs office told CNN. Rebekah Riess And Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "A suicidal man in Philadelphia had 39 firearms, 8 grenades in his home, police say," 29 Aug. 2019 Police drew condemnation last August when officers fired dozens of flash-bang grenades and other less-lethal munitions at those protesting Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys downtown, injuring multiple demonstrators., "Will Proud Boys, antifa showdown mark a tipping point for Portland?," 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of grenade

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grenade

Middle French, literally, pomegranate, from Late Latin granata, from Latin, feminine of granatus seedy, from granum grain — more at corn

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The first known use of grenade was in 1591

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grenade.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grenade

: a small bomb that is designed to be thrown by someone or shot from a rifle


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Kids Definition of grenade

: a small bomb designed to be thrown by hand or fired (as by a rifle)

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