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foreign legion

noun
1.
a military unit consisting of foreign volunteers in the service of a state.
2.
(initial capital letters) a specialized military unit of the French army, consisting of volunteers of all nationalities assigned to military operations and duties outside France.
Origin of foreign legion
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
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  • General Laguerre is coming from Nicaragua to assist Garcia with his foreign legion of 200 men.

    Captain Macklin Richard Harding Davis
  • What was there in the subject of the foreign legion to attract such a girl?

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • There is no doubt that they are beginning to look at the foreign legion a little critically in France.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • Soon there were enough men to form the famous "foreign legion."

  • The soldiers of the foreign legion are of all nationalities under the sun.

  • The little station was swarming with men in the uniform of the foreign legion.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • I noticed with astonishment that the foreign legion's list of commanding officers contained many names unmistakably German.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • From the standpoint of the foreign legion, his wealth was the wealth of Crœsus.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • Would you please to direct me to the recruiting office of the foreign legion?

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • In France the performances of the foreign legion have always been recognised.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
British Dictionary definitions for foreign legion

foreign legion

noun
1.
a body of foreign volunteers serving in an army, esp that of France
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