Definition of legionnaire in US English:

legionnaire

noun

  • A member of a legion, in particular an ancient Roman legion or the French Foreign Legion.

    • ‘When on campaign the Roman legions used pack animals to transport the ten-man tents used by the legionnaires and spare missiles for the archers, slingers, and catapults.’
    • ‘The lowest level of soldier in the Roman Army was the legionnaire.’
    • ‘Roman legionnaires, for example, were not radically different in their equipment from the soldiers of Assyria a millennium before.’
    • ‘The Roman Empire had a standing army of 400,000 well-trained legionnaires.’
    • ‘German special forces troops have adopted it, as have foreign legionnaires, Spanish riot police and Italian anti-terrorism units.’
    • ‘The former French foreign legionnaire, who authorities have linked to a Belgrade mafia group, had been on the run for a year.’
    • ‘I treasure the notion that the first Romans to settle in England were legionnaires who completed their service and got land in and around Colchester.’
    • ‘Saito served in the French Foreign Legion for 21 years, but legionnaires said they could not help to free him because he was not a French citizen.’
    • ‘I had it made for me, like all the other legionnaires, so it fits perfectly, even after all these years.’
    • ‘There are a few idle sketches, including a rude caricature of a Roman legionnaire, but as you advance you begin to see signs of pre-historic painting along the walls.’
    • ‘The former French foreign legionnaire was overtaking four cars when the Nissan turned right and collided with the bike.’
    • ‘To support the legionnaires, the Romans also used cavalry.’
    • ‘When they hit, a blast of light and heat and a rolling shockwave splintered all the siege engines and sent the legionnaires scrambling for cover.’
    • ‘In one of his famous cartoons, he shows soldiers of the French Foreign Legion marching endlessly through a desert expanse with two legionnaires in the foreground.’
    • ‘His legionnaires marched in full battle array, incorporated an advance guard, and maintained tactical integrity on the move.’
    • ‘The name annuity dates back to Roman legionnaires who were paid an annual pension when they retired from the army.’
    • ‘It is kind of a risky thing to write a pop song about a legionnaire stuck in a desert.’
    • ‘Also, they are good in groups of four or five legionnaires - one attacks from a short distance, another covers from a farther away position, and they even choose those places which are the best.’
    • ‘When I asked why, he said that it made the legionnaires fight among themselves, so he wasn't allowed to sell it to them any more.’
    • ‘Alongside the ghost cruise and the many ghost walks, tours of the cellar have started at the Treasurer's House, where Harry Martindale famously saw the Roman legionnaires.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from French légionnaire, from légion ‘legion’, from Latin legio (see legion).

Pronunciation

legionnaire

/ˌlējəˈner//ˌlidʒəˈnɛr/