le·​gion·​naire | \ˌlē-jə-ˈner \

Definition of legionnaire 

: a member of a legion

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Synonyms & Antonyms for legionnaire


dogface, fighter, legionary, man-at-arms, regular, serviceman, soldier, warrior



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Examples of legionnaire in a Sentence

the legionnaires are well respected for their fighting prowess

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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 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 The legionnaires rent their parking lot during events at the Hollywood Bowl. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The American Legion: Hollywood’s Hottest Private Club," 26 Sep. 2017 Visitors will see the gladius of a Roman legionnaire, the style of sword used by the soldiers that eventually gave its name to the gladiators who fought for sport. Andrew Alexander, ajc, "Fernbank offers look into the lives of the gladiators," 4 Oct. 2017 Resistance, however, has melted away before the undisputed recruiting success of the post-9/11 legionnaires. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The American Legion: Hollywood’s Hottest Private Club," 26 Sep. 2017 He is accused of involuntary manslaughter by deliberately failing to warn the public about a fatal outbreak of legionnaires disease, which the prosecution says was directly connected to the water crisis. Dean Reynolds, CBS News, "Flint water crisis blamed for lower fertility rates, increased fetal death rates," 21 Sep. 2017 Legionnaires' is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia or lung infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ron Fonger, cleveland.com, "Michigan AG Bill Schuette ups the ante in Flint water crisis with new manslaughter charges," 14 June 2017

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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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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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