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[kweer-uh-seer] /ˌkwɪər əˈsɪər/
a cavalry soldier wearing a cuirass.
Origin of cuirassier
1545-55; < French; see cuirass, -ier2 Unabridged
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  • "Lay me on the grass, brother; I am dying," said the cuirassier faintly.

  • "However, there is some compensation for the hat," said the cuirassier, straightening his helmet.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • Cleaving the helmet of the cuirassier major, it left a gaping wound on his skull.

  • If he seemed such in the idle hours, on parade he was the beau ideal of a cuirassier.

  • The cuirassier fortunately recovered from his wounds; the duel was shown to be a thing forced by the stress of consequences.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • When the Count received me he was clothed in the undress uniform of the cuirassier regiment, of which he was the colonel.

    The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete General Philip Henry Sheridan
  • The heavy boots of the cuirassier, the white leather apron of the sapeur, were drying along the marble benches of the terrace.

  • She haunted, therefore, the heights of Bazeilles, seeking among the dead one who wore the cuirassier uniform.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • Glancing back from time to time, he allowed the cuirassier major to come near enough to make conversation possible.

  • He was descended from an ancient noble family, and his father served in a cuirassier regiment.

British Dictionary definitions for cuirassier


a mounted soldier, esp of the 16th century, who wore a cuirass
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