poilu

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

Definition of poilu 

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

First Known Use of poilu

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poilu

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

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