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[guh-ril-uh] /gəˈrɪl ə/
noun, adjective
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guerillaism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for guerilla
  • These governments face insurgencies that almost exclusively use guerilla tactics.
  • They make the smallest contribution to the public treasury, yet their guerilla war is costly.
  • He contemplates the career of a great guerilla chief with ardent longing.
  • He was also a guerilla artist who attacked all restrictions on his sensibility.
  • The grave mistake in history was done the minute of supporting the guerilla fighter.
  • They are well armed and well trained in guerilla war fare.
  • In the morning news wars, it will be a guerilla unit.
  • guerilla warfare, which plagued the region, also threatened the town.
  • More and more, guerilla warfare replaced orthodox fighting.
British Dictionary definitions for guerilla


  1. a member of an irregular usually politically motivated armed force that combats stronger regular forces, such as the army or police
  2. (as modifier): guerrilla warfare
a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is from several individual rhizomes or stolons growing rapidly away from the centre, as in some clovers Compare phalanx
Derived Forms
guerrillaism, guerillaism, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, diminutive of guerrawar
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Word Origin and History for guerilla

variant of guerrilla (q.v.); cf. French guérilla.

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