The word guerilla is another way to spell "guerrilla": a member of a small, loosely organized army that fights a larger, stronger force. If you're a guerilla, you confront enemies unexpectedly and use tactics such as sabotage, raids, and ambushes.

A guerilla is not a member of a state-sponsored army. Instead he or she is part of a smaller, independent army that fights a larger, more established force by using tactics that include the element of surprise. Also known as an insurgent or irregular, a guerilla usually exists outside mainstream society and typically has taken a position of active revolt or rebellion against the established ruling power.

Definitions of guerilla

n a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment

guerrilla, insurgent, irregular
Maquis, Maquisard
a guerrilla fighter in the French underground in World War II
urban guerrilla
a guerrilla who fights only in cities and towns
Type of:
someone engaged in or experienced in warfare

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