gren·​a·​dier ˌgre-nə-ˈdir How to pronounce grenadier (audio)
: a soldier who carries and throws grenades
: a member of a special regiment or corps formerly armed with grenades
: any of various deep-sea fishes (family Macrouridae) that are related to the cods and have an elongate tapering body and compressed pointed tail

Examples of grenadier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of them, the tall one, wore a massive oversize grenadier-style coat—a chinchilla of dark blue, double-breasted with a number of missing buttons. Justin Beal, Harper’s Magazine , 12 Dec. 2022 The queen's company are a step above regular grenadier guards, although this is still a senior regiment of the British army. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 19 Sep. 2022 The kits installed on the roof an armored Humvee and provided 360 degree and overhead protection for machine gun gunners and grenadiers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 26 July 2018

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Word History


French, from grenade grenade

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of grenadier was in 1676

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“Grenadier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


gren·​a·​dier ˌgren-ə-ˈdi(ə)r How to pronounce grenadier (audio)
: a soldier who carries and throws grenades

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