voltigeur

noun
vol·​ti·​geur | \ ˌvältəˈzhər \
plural -s

Definition of voltigeur

: a member of any of various French organizations of light infantry often : a sharpshooter in the French army

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History and Etymology for voltigeur

French, literally, leaper, from voltiger to leap, vault (from Italian volteggiare, frequentative of voltare to turn) + -eur -or

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“Voltigeur.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voltigeur. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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