Meaning of “guerrilla” in the English Dictionary

"guerrilla" in British English

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guerrillanoun [ C ]

also guerilla uk /ɡəˈrɪl.ə/ us /ɡəˈrɪl.ə/

a member of an unofficial military group that is trying to change the government by making sudden, unexpected attacks on the official army forces:

A small band of guerrillas has blown up a train in the mountains.
guerrilla warfare

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  • The former guerrilla leader has become the pivot on which the country's emerging political stability revolves .
  • Planes bombed the guerrilla positions yesterday in an attempt to flush out snipers from underground tunnels.
  • The army don't want to become engaged in guerrilla warfare.
  • Even as the funeral took place, guerrillas hidden nearby let off a fresh volley of machine-gun fire.
  • Invading troops met with obstinate resistance by guerrilla forces.

guerrillaadjective

uk /ɡəˈrɪl.ə/ us /ɡəˈrɪl.ə/

(Definition of “guerrilla” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guerrilla" in American English

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guerrillanoun [ C ]

us /ɡəˈrɪl·ə/

a member of an unofficial military group that is trying to change the government by making sudden, unexpected attacks on the official army forces:

guerrilla warfare

(Definition of “guerrilla” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)