Definition of guerrilla noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also guerilla) noun
BrE BrE//ɡəˈrɪlə//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡəˈrɪlə//
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a member of a small group of soldiers who are not part of an official army and who fight against official soldiers, usually to try to change the government urban guerrillas (= those who fight in towns) guerrilla war/warfare (= fought by guerrillas on one or both sides) a guerrilla movement compare freedom fighter See related entries: Terrorism Word Originearly 19th cent. (introduced during the Peninsular War): from Spanish, diminutive of guerra ‘war’.Extra examples Urban guerrillas detonated a car bomb in front of the company’s headquarters. Seven soldiers and two guerrillas were killed after an attack on a border post. Sporadic fighting soon turned into full-scale guerrilla warfare. The guerrilla group denied any involvement in the assassination. The peace talks have put an end to the 17-year guerrilla war.
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