legionnaire

noun
le·​gion·​naire | \ ˌlē-jə-ˈner How to pronounce legionnaire (audio) \

Definition of legionnaire

: a member of a legion

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Examples of legionnaire in a Sentence

the legionnaires are well respected for their fighting prowess
Recent Examples on the Web The legionnaires took much better care of me than of themselves. Ruth Maclean, New York Times, "On the Road With the French Foreign Legion," 11 Apr. 2020 In the early 1980s health officials were declaring an epidemic of an illness that claimed more victims than toxic shock and legionnaire's disease combined, but which was a mystery to most of the country. CBS News, "The Cemetery Angel," 1 Dec. 2019 Local legionnaires will be joined by town Scouts to provide an honor guard and the members of Girl Scout Troop 61223 will favor guests with song. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 4 Nov. 2019 Hudson noticed Howard’s camouflage legionnaire pants and struck up a conversation. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Two buddies survived fighting Islamic State, but for one civilian life was too much," 20 June 2019 Guests were summoned to the ball with an invitation emblazoned with the krewe logo of a roman legionnaire and Primus V, the krewe's King, who made a grand entrance to the ball to greet his subjects and await his court. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "The Cincinnatus Club's Legion of Mars Grand Ball introduces its 2018 court," 30 Jan. 2018 Hudson noticed Howard’s camouflage legionnaire pants and struck up a conversation. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Two buddies survived fighting Islamic State, but for one civilian life was too much," 20 June 2019 The region of Omsk offered free iPhones for voters who turned up in the best costumes, prompting a parade of voters who came as Santa Claus or a Roman legionnaire. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "Putin Wins Russia Election, and Broad Mandate for Fourth Term," 18 Mar. 2018 In 1989, Ivan Lendl and Miloslav Mecir played the Australian Open final wearing backward caps, although Lendl switched in later years to the forward-facing legionnaire hat. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "In Tennis, the Backward Cap Makes No Sense. Nevertheless, It Persists.," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of legionnaire

1595, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for legionnaire

French légionnaire, from Latin legionarius

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“Legionnaire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legionnaire. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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legionnaire

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English Language Learners Definition of legionnaire

: a member of a legion (such as the French Foreign Legion, the Royal British Legion, or the American Legion)

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