Poilu meaning

pwä-lü
A French soldier, especially in World War I.
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(slang) A soldier in the French army.
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A French infantryman during the First World War.
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Origin of poilu

  • French hairy, tough, poilu from Old French pelu hairy from Vulgar Latin pilūtus from Latin pilus hair

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French poilu (“hairy")

    From Wiktionary