poilu

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noun poi·lu \pwäl-ˈyü, pwä-ˈlü; ˈpwäl-ˌyü, ˈpwä-ˌlü; pwä-ˈlue\

Definition of poilu

  1. :  a French soldier; especially :  a front-line soldier in World War I

Origin and Etymology of poilu

French, from poilu hairy, from Medieval French, from poil hair, from Old French peil, Latin pilus


First Known Use: 1914

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