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franc-tireur

[frahn-tee-rœr] /frɑ̃ tiˈrœr/
noun, plural francs-tireurs
[frahn-tee-rœr] /frɑ̃ tiˈrœr/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a sharpshooter in the French army.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10
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British Dictionary definitions for franctireur

franc-tireur

/frɑ̃tirœr/
noun
1.
a sniper
2.
a guerrilla or irregular soldier
Word Origin
C19: from franc free + tireur shooter, from tirer to shoot, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for franctireur

franc-tireur

n.

"sharpshooter of the irregular infantry," 1808, French, literally "free-shooter," from franc "free" (see frank) + tireur "shooter," from tirer "to draw, shoot" (see tirade). A term from the French Revolution.

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