American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A French soldier, especially in World War I.
- n. a French soldier (especially in World War I)
- n. thick stew made of rice and chicken and small game; southern U.S.
- French poilu ("hairy") (Wiktionary)
- French, hairy, tough, poilu, from Old French pelu, hairy, from Vulgar Latin *pilūtus, from Latin pilus, hair. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What is the slang meaning of the French word "poilu"?”
“And sometimes the poilu is a little confused, writing a charming letter of thanks to "Monsieur Lafayette" himself.”
“The poilu was a middle-aged man, and very drunk on some foul spirit which he had bought in a low cafe down by the river.”
“Her poilu is her beau ideal of faith and courage, of patriotism and devotion to the principles of human rights, of cheerfulness and hopefulness, of invincibility in that his cause is just.”
“There is never a man turned away from its doors, for where is the "poilu" or where is the "Tommy" who is not always ready with a smile and a laugh and a song?”
“Do you know of any terms, expressions, or other meanings of today's word "poilu”
“Some important themes featured in this collection are disease and wartime, the image of the German, the “poilu,” or French soldier, bank loans, Marianne (a symbol of victory), allegiance with the United States, the “ghost army” and women and children.”
“After decades of rejection as a symbol of outdated patriotism, the poilu (French slang for infantryman) has become a cultural icon in recent years, celebrated in films like "Joyeux Noel" (2005) and in books like "Lettres des Poilus," which has sold more than 300,000 copies since publication in 1998.”
“Then in 2008 an official ceremony was held to mark the death of Lazare Ponticelli, the "last poilu.”
“Bien sur sans video a l'appui vous ne comprendrez rien a qui etait cet inconnu poilu mais ce n'est pas grave!”
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