Part of speech: adjective

Hairy; bearded; used substantively for a French soldier who has served in the trenches.

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Usage examples "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", 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", Theodore Lothrop Stoddard.
  3. Those days were les journees du poilu. - "With the French in France and Salonika", Richard Harding Davis.