What does the word poilu mean?

Usage examples for poilu

  1. To this colonel a French general, out of the goodness of his heart, had loaned his cook, a whiskered poilu, who, before he became a whiskered poilu, had been the chef in the castle of one of the richest men in Europe. – Eating in Two or Three Languages by Irvin S. Cobb
  2. France, on the other hand, with nearly a million Europeans in her North African possessions, half of these full- blooded Frenchmen, might risk her last franc and her last poilu rather than see these blood- brothers slaughtered and enslaved. – The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
  3. Those days were les journees du poilu. – With the French in France and Salonika by Richard Harding Davis