Meaning of guerilla


The word guerilla is another way to spell “guerrilla”: a member of a small, loosely organized army that fights a larger, stronger force. If you’re a guerilla, you confront enemies unexpectedly and use tactics such as sabotage, raids, and ambushes.

A guerilla is not a member of a state-sponsored army. Instead he or she is part of a smaller, independent army that fights a larger, more established force by using tactics that include the element of surprise. Also known as an insurgent or irregular, a guerilla usually exists outside mainstream society and typically has taken a position of active revolt or rebellion against the established ruling power.

Definitions of guerilla
  1. noun

    a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment


    guerrilla, insurgent, irregular

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    Maquis, Maquisard

    a guerrilla fighter in the French underground in World War II
    urban guerrilla

    a guerrilla who fights only in cities and towns
    type of:


    someone engaged in or experienced in warfare

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