Grenadier
Grenadier Gren`a*dier", n. [F. grenadier. See {Grenade}.] 1. (Mil.) Originaly, a soldier who carried and threw grenades; afterward, one of a company attached to each regiment or battalion, taking post on the right of the line, and wearing a peculiar uniform. In modern times, a member of a special regiment or corps; as, a grenadier of the guard of Napoleon I. one of the regiment of Grenadier Guards of the British army, etc. [1913 Webster]

Note: The feats of grenadiers have been memorialized in song, as in the following: (for the melody see http://www.acronet.net/~robokopp/english.html) Some talk of Alexander, and some of Hercules / The British Grenadiers ca. 18th Century The British Grenadiers Some talk of Alexander, And some of Hercules Of Hector and Lysander, And such great names as these. But of all the world's great heroes, There's none that can compare With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, To the British Grenadier. 2. Those heroes of antiquity Ne'er saw a cannon ball Or knew the force of powder To slay their foes withall. But our brave boys do know it, And banish all their fears, Sing tow, row, row, row, row, row, For the British Grenadier. 3. Whene'er we are commanded To storm the palisades Our leaders march with fusees, And we with hand grenades. We throw them from the glacis, About the enemies' ears. Sing tow, row, row, row, row, row, The British Grenadiers. 4. And when the siege is over, We to the town repair The townsmen cry, "Hurra, boys, Here comes a Grenadier!" Here come the Grenadiers, my boys, Who know no doubts or fears! Then sing tow, row, row, row, row, row, The British Grenadiers. 5. Then let us fill a bumper, And drink a health to those Who carry caps and pouches, And wear the louped clothes. May they and their commanders Live happy all their years With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, For the British Grenadiers.

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any marine fish of the genus {Macrurus}, in which the body and tail taper to a point; they mostly inhabit the deep sea; -- called also {onion fish}, and {rat-tail fish}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A bright-colored South African grosbeak ({Pyromelana orix}), having the back red and the lower parts black. [1913 Webster]


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  • Grenadier — Sm erw. obs. (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. grenadier Fußsoldat , ursprünglich ein mit Granaten kämpfender Soldat .    Ebenso nndl. grenadier, ne. grenadier, nfrz. grenadier, nschw. grenadjär, nnorw. grenader; Granate. ✎ DF 1 (1913), 255 …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • grenadier — 1670s, originally soldiers who were dexterous in flinging hand granados [Evelyn], from Fr. grenadier (15c.), from M.Fr. grenade “grenade” (see GRENADE (Cf. grenade)); later the tallest and finest men in the regiment [OED] …   Etymology dictionary

  • Grenadier — Grenadier: Die Bezeichnung für »Fußsoldat, Infanterist« wurde im 17. Jh. aus gleichbed. frz. grenadier entlehnt, das ursprünglich »Handgranatenwerfer« bedeutete. Das zugrunde liegende Substantiv frz. grenade »Granatapfel‹baum›; Granate«, das… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • grenadier — ► NOUN 1) historical a soldier armed with grenades. 2) (Grenadiers or Grenadier Guards) the first regiment of the royal household infantry …   English terms dictionary

  • grenadier — [gren΄ə dir′] n. [Fr < grenade: see GRENADE] 1. Archaic an infantry soldier employed to carry and throw grenades 2. a member of a special regiment or corps, as of the Grenadier Guards of the British Army, attached to the royal household 3. any …   English World dictionary

  • grenadier — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mos I, Mc. grenadiererze; lm M. grenadiererzy {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} początkowo (w XVII w.) pieszy żołnierz rzucający granaty ręczne, silny, zręczny i odważny, w walce idący na czele kolumn szturmowych, później (poł. XVIII… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • grenadier — Grenadier. s. m. Arbre qui porte des grenades. On appelle aussi, Grenade, Certain petit boulet de fer creux, fait en forme de grenade, que l on remplit de feu d artifice, & qu on jette avec la main. Jetter des grenades. blessé d un esclat de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • grenadier — 1. grenadier [ grənadje ] n. m. • 1425; de grenade ♦ Arbrisseau épineux des régions tempérées (punicacées), à fleurs rouges, qui produit les grenades. grenadier 2. grenadier [ grənadje ] n. m. • 1671; de grenade I ♦ 1 ♦ Anciennt Soldat spécialisé …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Grenadier — A grenadier (derived from the word grenade) was originally a specialized soldier, first established as a distinct role in the mid to late 17th century, for the throwing of grenades and sometimes assault operations. At this time grenadiers were… …   Wikipedia

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