Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of GUERRILLA

Pronunciation:  gu'rilu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment

GUERRILLA is a 9 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: guerilla, insurgent, irregular
 See Also: Che Guevara, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, Guevara, Maquis, Maquisard, urban guerrilla, warrior



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Guer*ril"la\, n. [Sp., lit., a little war, skirmish,
    dim. of guerra war, fr. OHG. werra discord, strife. See
    1. An irregular mode of carrying on war, by the constant
       attacks of independent bands, adopted in the north of
       Spain during the Peninsular war.
    2. One who carries on, or assists in carrying on, irregular
       warfare; especially, a member of an independent band
       engaged in predatory excursions in war time.
    Note: The term guerrilla is the diminutive of the Spanish
          word guerra, war, and means petty war, that is, war
          carried on by detached parties; generally in the
          mountains. . . . A guerrilla party means, an irregular
          band of armed men, carrying on an irregular war, not
          being able, according to their character as a guerrilla
          party, to carry on what the law terms a regular war.
          --F. Lieder.
  2. \Guer*ril"la\, a.
    Pertaining to, or engaged in, warfare carried on irregularly
    and by independent bands; as, a guerrilla party; guerrilla
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bushfighter, bushwhacker, casual, Charley, guerilla, insurgent, irregular, maquis, maquisard, partisan, patriot, resistance, resistance fighter, saboteur, terrorist, underground, underground fighter, VC, Vietcong