Definition of cuirassier in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkwɪrəˈsiːə/
Pronunciation: /kɥiʀasje/


A cavalry soldier wearing a cuirass.
Example sentences
  • He quotes French cuirassiers (heavy cavalrymen) as saying that their sabers were ‘virtually useless in hand-to-hand cavalry fighting’.
  • By 1804, twelve French heavy cavalry regiments had become cuirassiers, with cuirasses and steel helmets.
  • Cavalry forces evolved into four categories throughout the ages: the cuirassier or heavy cavalryman, the lancer, the dragoon or mounted infantryman, and the light cavalry.


Mid 16th century: French, from cuirasse, from Old French cuirace (see cuirass).

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