Definition of grenade in English:



  • 1A small bomb thrown by hand or launched mechanically.

    • ‘They have found and deactivated some tens of thousands of munitions and grenades.’
    • ‘According to eyewitness, a grenade exploded in the main market causing injuries to at least 15 people, out of whom two succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.’
    • ‘Their unit was ambushed with bombs, grenades and petrol bombs, but the soldiers managed to escape their vehicle before it burned out.’
    • ‘At the moment they are still chucking stones, petrol bombs and grenades at us.’
    • ‘As the patrol drove off, two rocket-propelled grenades were launched from a house.’
    projectile, bomb
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    1. 1.1A glass receptacle containing chemicals that are released when the receptacle is thrown and broken, used for testing drains and extinguishing fires.


Mid 16th century (in the sense pomegranate): from French, alteration of Old French (pome) grenate (see pomegranate), on the pattern of Spanish granada. The bomb was so named because of its shape, supposedly resembling a pomegranate.