Slang a soldier in the French army: term used esp. in WWI
Origin of poiluFr, hairy, virile ; from poil, hair ; from Classical Latin pilus: see pile
A French soldier, especially in World War I.
Origin of poiluFrench, hairy, tough, poilu, from Old French pelu, hairy, from Vulgar Latin *pilūtus, from Latin pilus, hair.