Definition of bersagliere in English:


nounPlural bersaglieri

  • A rifleman or sharpshooter in the Italian army.

    • ‘Napoleon III's defeat at the battle of Sedan finally made it possible for Italian bersaglieri to enter the Eternal City on 20 September 1870.’
    • ‘Before us, in the bersaglieri trench, a bold stove-pipe luxuriates the overcast ceiling with smoke-trails amid argent oriency.’
    • ‘When each bersagliere lays a glance upon us, he points without passion up the slope before him.’
    • ‘In August - September 1982, 500 Bersaglieri helped to cover the withdrawal of the PLO from Beirut.’
    • ‘After being wounded on active service with the elite Bersaglieri on the Italian front, he returned home to promote the theme that Italian soldiers had been stabbed in the back by his erstwhile comrades.’
    sniper, sharpshooter, good shot
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Italian, from bersaglio ‘target’.