Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A French soldier, especially in World War I.

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  • noun A French infantryman during the First World War

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  • noun a French soldier (especially in World War I)
  • noun thick stew made of rice and chicken and small game; southern U.S.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, hairy, tough, poilu, from Old French pelu, hairy, from Vulgar Latin *pilūtus, from Latin pilus, hair.]

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French poilu ("hairy")

Examples

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  • also a rice and small game stew in the southern states of the US

    October 29, 2009

  • Rice and dice!

    October 29, 2009

  • I think Wordnet has this wrong; it should be purloo in the stew meaning. I can't find poilu used with any meaning but soldier in Google Books.

    October 29, 2009

  • It is a stew, after all; ergo all mixed up

    October 29, 2009