from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A horse soldier in European armies whose equipment included the cuirass.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mounted soldier armed with the cuirass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) A soldier armed with a cuirass; especially, a soldier of the heaviest cavalry, wearing a cuirass only when in full dress.

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  • noun historical A cavalry soldier equipped with a cuirass (armor).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a cavalryman equipped with a cuirass


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from cuirasse, cuirass, from Old French, curasse; see cuirass.]

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Borrowing from French cuirassier, see below.


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  • A cuirassier is a cavalryman whose body is protected by a cuirass, a piece of defensive armor, covering the body from neck to girdle, and combining a breastplate and a back piece.

    Short Stories of Various Types

  • Frank Hammond informed me that his Austrian and Prussian cuirassier castings are on the horizon, so the temptation is large to delay painting any more Hinchcliffes until I have a chance to tackle the Minden cuirassier figures.

    More Mindens Painted

  • A single squadron of French lancers won a melee against a larger and heavier Russian cuirassier squadron, forcing to to flee, but more importantly, pinning the two cuirassier squadrons that were stacked up behind it.

    In The Grand Manner - Day 2

  • Two other cuirassier regiments can be seen debouching from the valley on the right of the picture.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • As you may recall, I painted the first squadron of the Alt Modena cuirassier regiment earlier in the month.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • GMB does not have Alt Modena yet, but does have 12 other cuirassier flags, so I'm glad to see Vaubanner has a good one.

    Alt Modena Cuirassiers

  • The results of an evening's worth of figure basing: Elite Miniatures French cuirassiers, dragoons and, oh, one Minden SYW Austrian cuirassier in the front row on the left.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • By my count, the Prussian had only committed 5 of their 12 battalions to the battle so far, and on their right wing, their powerful cuirassier brigade seemed to be gaining the upper hand in the cavalry fight and they still had the Jung Krakow dragoons and the Prinz von Preussen CR2 cuirassiers around Sagschutz.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The French gained a slight advantage in the ensuing melees, forcing a couple more squadrons of cuirassier and hussars off the field.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Every other Austrian cuirassier regiment had red facings.

    Alt Modena Cuirassiers


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  • "'... But now the French cuirassiers and Imperial Guard cavalry were sent forward...'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 15–16

    March 27, 2008