Meaning of franc-tireur in English:

franc-tireur

Pronunciation /ˌfrɒŋktɪˈrəː/

noun

  • An irregular soldier; a guerrilla fighter.

    Historically, the francs-tireurs were an irregular French light infantry corps originating in the wars of the French Revolution and having an organization distinct from that of the regular army.

Origin

Early 19th century. From French franc-tireur from franc free from obligation + tireur soldier who uses a firearm from tirer to shoot a bow, etc., to use a firearm + -eur.