poilu

noun

poi·​lu pwäl-ˈyü How to pronounce poilu (audio)
pwä-ˈlü;
ˈpwäl-ˌyü,
ˈpwä-ˌlü;
pwä-ˈlᵫ How to pronounce poilu (audio)
: a French soldier
especially : a front-line soldier in World War I

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poilu was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Poilu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poilu. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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