• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tirailleur (Mil) Formerly, a member of an independent body of marksmen in the French army. They were used sometimes in front of the army to annoy the enemy, sometimes in the rear to check his pursuit. The term is now applied to all troops acting as skirmishers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tirailleur A skirmisher.
    • n tirailleur In the French army, a sharp-shooter; a skirmisher; one of an organized body of light troops for skirmish duty. The title tirailleurs was first applied in 1792 to French light-armed troops who were thrown out from the main body to bring on an action, cover an attack, or generally to annoy or deceive the enemy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tirailleur ti-ra-lyėr′ a skirmisher, sharpshooter.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from tirailler, to skirmish, wrest, from tirer, to draw


In literature:

General Vachet, with a corps of 'tirailleurs', marched on his right, ready to advance to the Place Victoire.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
A Tirailleur pushed him on.
"The Garden Of Allah" by Robert Hichens
This formidable advance is preceded by swarms of tirailleurs, who tread down the high wheat, exposing their own men in the rear.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
No tirailleurs preceded them, but the tall shako of the Grenadier of the Guard was seen in the first rank.
"Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Charles Lever
A light bugle sounded, and a body of Tirailleurs issued from the shade of a neighbouring wood.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
A moi, en tirailleurs.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
The rifle corps now advanced, to open the business of the day by firing into a field of tirailleurs.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction." by Various
The Tirailleurs are the enfants terribles of the French Army.
"The White Road to Verdun" by Kathleen Burke
The two flank companies are designed for tirailleurs.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
The Tirailleurs are the "enfants terribles" of the French Army.
"The White Road to Verdun" by Kathleen Burke