1. Originaly, a soldier who carried and threw grenades; afterward, one of a company attached to each regiment or battalion, taking post on the right of the line, and wearing a peculiar uniform. In modern times, a member of a special regiment or corps; as, a grenadier of the guard of Napoleon I. One of the regiment of Grenadier Guards of the British army, etc.
Origin: F. Grenadier. See Grenade.
(01 Mar 1998)
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