[ber-suhl-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-re]
noun, plural bersaglieri [ber-suhl-yair-ee; Italian ber-sah-lye-ree] .
one of a class of riflemen or sharpshooters in the Italian army.

1860–65; < Italian: literally, marksman, equivalent to bersagl(io) target (< Old French bersail; bers(er) to hunt (perhaps < Germanic; compare Middle High German birsen, German birschen, pirschen to hunt) + -ail noun suffix) + -iere -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To bersaglieri
World English Dictionary
bersagliere (ˌbɛəsɑːˈljɛərɪ)
n , pl -ri
a member of a rifle regiment in the Italian Army
[C19: from Italian, from bersaglio target, from Old French bersail, from berser to fire at]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature