Definition of guerrilla in English:


Line breaks: guer|rilla
Pronunciation: /gəˈrɪlə
(also guerilla)


  • 1A member of a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against larger regular forces: this town fell to the guerrillas [as modifier]: guerrilla warfare
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    • The military power employed went beyond American troops engaged in fighting guerillas.
    • During the eighteenth century, the Sikhs had to fight a guerilla war against huge forces.
    • When you're fighting guerrillas, or terrorists, the enemy is quite literally hydra-headed.
    freedom fighter, underground fighter, irregular soldier, irregular, resistance fighter, member of the resistance, partisan; rebel, radical, revolutionary, revolutionist; terrorist
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Referring to actions or activities performed in an impromptu way, often without authorization: guerrilla gigs
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    • These days, a friendship with Pete Doherty and a habit of guerrilla gigging virtually guarantee success.
    • All this guerrilla artwork reflected the widespread belief that it was the IRA that had pulled off the heist.
    • We're guerrilla publishers: you see a gap and fill it to as high a standard as possible.


early 19th century (introduced during the Peninsular War): from Spanish, diminutive of guerra 'war'.

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