grognard

noun
gro·​gnard | \ (ˌ)grō¦nyär \
plural -s

Definition of grognard

1 : an old soldier
2 often capitalized : a soldier of the original imperial guard that was created by Napoleon I in 1804 and that made the final French charge at Waterloo

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History and Etymology for grognard

French, from grogner to grunt, grumble (from Old French gronir, grogner, from Latin grunnire to grunt) + -ard

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“Grognard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grognard. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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